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May 9, 2017

Figure Drawing Workshop   6-8pm

Octagon Center for the Arts

Working from a model, students will learn the basics of figure drawing, including gesture and shading. This is a great opportunity for all skill levels to work and practice their skills at any one or all of the scheduled workshop dates. Students should bring drawing paper, charcoal, and other materials they wish to use. The Octagon will provide some paper, drawing boards, some drawing pencils, oil pastels, colored pencils, easels.


Artist's Statement

I’ve been drawing and painting for most of my life. I’ve also had a career as an illustrator and as a designer (buildings mostly, and other things as well). But, painting and drawing have been the path for me that has been the most personal and meaningful. As a medium, drawing and painting allow for some of the oldest and simplest means of communication - through marks made on a surface with a brush, a stick of charcoal, or even just smudges with fingers. That simple creative dialog between a surface and the mind is sensually very compelling, and one of the most fundamental, life affirming occupations one could have.

I love oil paint. I suppose because it's like a living thing in the way that it translates light and the way it refuses to be taken for granted, demanding my sincere attention and discipline. One day it can be broad and expansive, another day I have to study it out. People are like that, too. Both have to be discerned and appreciated by how they act and react.