52. THE FIGURE: Gestures, Short Poses & A Long Pose – Ken Goldman


Monday–Friday, 10 AM–1 PM
June 25–29 (5 days)
Logan Heights Studio
$210/230 (includes model)


Course Overview:

If you participate in figure sketch groups, what we do in this workshop will add a whole new dimension to your appreciation of the figure drawing process. On day one, with poses ranging in length from 2 to 20 minutes and perhaps a 40-minute pose toward the end, we will focus primarily on effective ways to simplify and depict the figure in terms of gesture, rhythm, design, flat shapes, and simplified light/dark areas. For the rest of the week, our model will hold a four-day repeated pose. This combination of short and long poses will allow students not only to practice gesture and rhythm, but also to learn how gesture and rhythm form the basis for successful longer poses. Deeper study of anatomy will be shared on a “want to know” basis.

Course Materials:

You do not need to buy everything on this list. Only buy materials that relate to the medium you plan to work with. Bring your own favorite materials or try my supplies, which are listed here.

Drawing: drawing board with clips; 18˝ x 24˝ newsprint and regular 18˝ x 24˝ drawing pad; soft vine charcoal sticks; General (the name of the brand) 4B charcoal pencil or, if you prefer, graphite pencils, 2B and 4B; razor for sharpening pencils; kneaded eraser.

Pastels: softest vine charcoal; NuPastel, box of 96 pieces; Canson brand pastel paper, #429, 426, or 431; foam core drawing board cut one inch larger than your paper, with two clips to hold it.

Beginning Watercolor: one tube each of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna watercolor for the first session, more colors if you have them (additional colors will be discussed at first meeting); large covered Woods or Pike palette; a #12 pointed and a 1˝ flat brush; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student-grade watercolor paper).

Oils: up to 18˝ x 24˝ canvas board; #2, 4, 8, 12 Robert Simmons filbert brushes; Liquin; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits with container; Viva paper towels; disposable paper, wood or glass palette (plastic palette saver to store them); Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Permalba White paint for the first session, or if experienced, also bring a warm and cool of each primary color or whatever colors you normally use.

Acrylics: Same as oils, except no mineral spirits, just a container for water.

  • Attention: Artists & Craftsman Supply (Hillcrest) will assist with any of your supply needs.

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  • individual instruction
  • your choice of materials
  • email handouts
  • class demonstrations

$210/230 (includes model)

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