My Teaching Atelier Opens this November

I am happy to announce that I will be opening a teaching atelier in my new studio in Florence, Italy.  A wide range of study options will be available to students of all levels.

Full time study is organized in a classical atelier environment emphasizing a personalized development made possible by a concentrated class size: maximum enrollment of 4.  An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged.  In addition to the standard curriculum, students will have opportunity to pursue artistic anatomy, composition, sculpture and printmaking.

Throughout the year, short courses, weekend classes and workshops will explore specific historic techniques such as: sight size oil portraiture, fresco painting, pastel painting and portrait sculpture.  Visiting internationally known figurative artists will be invited to teach workshops as well.

The space is quite special.  It is purpose built 19th Century historic studio constructed for the Florentine painter Michele Gordigiani.  His famous pupil, Giovanni Boldini also worked in the same space where students will complete their projects under natural north light.

For more information please visit my course page here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Available at Michael LaConte Gallery

3goddesses
Three Goddesses, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

I have a variety of works available at the Michael LaConte Gallery via 1st Dibs.  There are drawings, paintings and sculptures.  Please follow the link here to see more.  Both above and below are a selection of the pieces.

Enrico
Boreas, oil on linen, 70cm x 110cm
lisianthus
Lisanthus and Holly, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

 

Observed Anatomy

anatomy overlay drawing
Figure study, graphite on paper, 50cm x 70cm

Several times a year, I have the pleasure to teach figure drawing and artistic anatomy to the beginning and intermediate students at Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.

A competent knowledge of human anatomy is fundamental for successfully incorporating the figure into one’s work.  My personal approach to teaching this is simultaneously develop observation skills while familiarize the to student with underlying structure through the creation of graphic overlays.

The class begins with a drawing is created over a series of sessions from a model.  Once the drawings are at a certain level overlays of the skeleton and muscle groups are created.  In addition to the model, a skeleton and Paul Richer’s Artistic Anatomy aid the  student in the development of work.

The images above and below are the examples I created during the class.

 

anatomy overlay skeleton
Overlay of the skeleton, graphite on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm

 

anatomy overlay muscles
Overlay of the major muscle groups, colored pencil and chalk on tracing paper, 50cm x 70cm 

 

 

 

Available Work at the Michael LaConte Gallery

 

 

anaiscrop
Study of Anais, graphite on paper, 50cm x 70cm

 

The Michael LaConte Gallery is wonderful, cultivated venue for contemporary art in Chicago.  He is my representative in the midwest and deals regularly with national and international clients.  A portion of my works are available to review online via the respected dealer website: 1st Dibs.  The link can be found here.

 

For those in the Chicagoland area the gallery is open via appointment and located at 1819 West Grand Avenue, Chicago 60622.  The phone number is 773 865 4788.

 

lisianthus
Lisianthus and Holly, oil on linen, 40cm x 60cm

 

 

Sanguine Drawing Workshop at the Oak Park Art League

Oak Park Art League
Oak Park Art League

My workshop on sanguine drawing at the Oak Park Art League was a great experience.  The class was full of enthusiastic, talented artists curious about the possibilities of traditional sanquine chalk as a drawing material.

I began the workshop with a short history and explanation of sanguine chalk as well as a demonstration on how to prepare the drawing sticks.

Preparing the sanguine
Preparing the sanguine
Rolling the stick
Rolling the stick

Afterwords we used the natural sanguine to draw from the nude for a couple of hours.  Varying techiques and applications were explored.  Below is a photo from the workshop.  I am really looking foward to doing another class in the future.

Workshop in action. Photo courtesy of Matt Baron
Workshop in action. Photo courtesy of Matt Baron

A previous post on sanguine drawing can be found here.  The following photos are a couple examples of my sanguine work:

Back study, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30xm
Back study, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30xm
Crouched female, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Crouched female, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30cm

Sanguine Drawing Workshop at the Oak Park Art League

Adiz, sanguine on paper, 30cm x 50cm
Adiz, sanguine on paper, 30cm x 50cm

I will be conducting a sanguine drawing workshop at the Oak Park Art League on September 27th.   An explanation/demo of how to create the sticks will be followed with a figure drawing session.  Both technique and observation skills will be discussed with an Old Master approach.  My sanguine drawings were featured in the old American Artist Magazine in 2004 and 2010.

More info the workshop can be found at the OPAL site here.

A previous post about sanguine drawing can be found here.

Back study, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30xm
Back study, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30xm
Crouched female, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Crouched female, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Self Portrait, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Self Portrait, sanguine on paper, 20cm x 30cm
Hand study for Il Risorto
Hand study for Il Risorto

The 4 week Classical Oil Portrait Course in Florence, Italy 2015

Carlo, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm
Carlo, oil on linen, 50cm x 60cm

I just finished teaching another 4 week oil portrait course in Florence, Italy for the Cecil Studios.  The students started out with a bit of cast drawing before working directly from models in charcoal and oil.  The sight-size method, as it was originally intended, is used to create life-size portraits under natural light with a historical limited palette.  The class size is limited to 10 students.

The great challenge is the ‘reprogramming’ of the student’s expectations of the portrait painting course.  The goal is not to walk away with several pretty oil sketches.    Ultimately, the emphasis is developing observation skills and the student’s ‘eye.’  The fundamentals of charcoal and oil technique are covered and explored.  In this visual approach to image making the shapes are evolved directly on the canvas.   The resulting work often lacks polish but honestly reveals a diligent study from nature.  Hopefully one leaves with a basic knowledge of important principles that will guide them in their future work.

The model next to the painting in the sight size set up.
The model next to the painting in the sight size set up.

The above picture is of a model in a sight size set up with one of the completed demos that I did during the class.  The one below shows one of the studio spaces.  It was a great experience with a really nice group.  Everyone really applied themselves and the results were excellent.

The studio room at Piazzale Donatello
The studio room at Piazzale Donatello

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