“In order to attain the highest perfection in painting it is necessary to understand the antique, nay to be so thoroughly possessed of this knowledge that it may diffuse itself everywhere.”
–Peter Paul Rubens
Studying from plaster casts highlights the essential ideas of light and form. These examples from classical sculpture embody the distillation of natural forms into aesthetic statements. Understanding the structure within the surface and the intelligence of its design coincides with drawing its two dimensional reconstruction. From the primary division of light and shadow to the most nuanced subdivisions of tone, studying the effect of light on simple plaster lays the foundation for the most complex endeavors of describing the visual world.*
Teacher: Andrew Payne
Class Schedule: Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm (instruction), Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm (open drawing, optional). Monthly. No class on the fifth week of the month or holidays.
Class Fee: $180/month
Please email BeauxArtsAcademy@gmail.com to secure your place in the class.
Materials list: Drawing board & clamp, 18 x 24 pad of paper, medium smooth paper as opposed to really smooth is recommended or Strathmore 400 Series. Fabriano Artistico Hot Press and Stonehenge works. Pencils – HB, H, 2H, 4H graphite pencils sharpening knife & sandpaper, kneaded eraser, measuring tool such as a knitting needle.
*Before students can begin painting from the cast, they must first demonstrate proficiency in drawing.