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Thursday Evening Drawing – with John Lees
This class is designed to accommodate students from all levels of drawing experiences,
beginning through advanced. We will draw from a model and a wide range of mediums will be
explored to allow drawings to grow and radically change over a brief but intense period. The
session will emphasize the importance of choosing one’s influences; of trusting oneself, and of
keeping sketchbooks. Weekly talks and demonstrations will be held at the beginning of each session. Promptness required.
Participants will explore the complex nature of the following themes in relation to constructing
drawings: the sensual beauty of ink; drawing and writing, with both pen and brush; drawing for
gesture, building a drawing and considering scale; the colors of drawing, including the color of
paper, tonal elements and value range; the response of materials as responding to fingertip
pressure, and the use of erasure to lighten a value and make further work possible. Participants
will consider responses to drawing organic and inorganic elements, within the studio.
Students will experience the importance of keeping a sketchbook that is constantly carried, and
which allows the freedom to allow one to get lost in a drawing. Participants should decide which
type of sketchbook best satisfies their needs, and become acquainted with a range of papers and
mediums to find what suits their style.
A variety of artists will be looked at including, but not limited to, Guercino, Rembrandt, Cezanne,
Samuel Palmer, Van Gogh, Eva Hesse and outsider art, Kokoschka, Scuola Romano, Rodin,
Daumier, Bonnard, Giacometti, Medardo Rosso, Antonin Artaud and Victor Hugo.