Classic Drawing (Online)

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Taught by Elysa

Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmiths College, Elysa Lozano’s art practice emulates a not-for-profit, called Autonomous Organization, which has produced proposals for Socialist colonies in a high-rise building in Houston, Texas, re-branded an exhibition space in London as a construction site, and created a web archive of project space survival strategies. Between curating, writing and conducting field research, she lectures at CUNY LaGuardia in Figure Drawing, Art History, and Urban Studies.


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Ever wonder how those beautiful Michelangelo sketches are made? It's not genius or talent, but can be broken down into clear technique and skills.

We'll start with some simple warm ups to get that hand-eye coordination flowing, get the basics of distance and scale down, and then we'll bust out with those subtle tones and supple lines to recreate that Renaissance style.

I'll give you a range of techniques that you can take away and work with on your own to try drawing from life, but rest assured, you'll finish up with a completed drawing to hang on the wall or give as a gift. 

This class is aimed at beginners and those with little drawing experience.

So that we can meet up and draw together, we are modifying our usual in-class sessions and using Zoom to do a remote class. I will step you through how to do the analysis portion so you can recreate the conditions at home. We will be using the video to get feedback from myself and fellow students.

Materials needed:

  • something to draw with, such as: pen, pencil, or vine or compressed charcoal - any drawing implement you have on hand will be fine for this session
  • paper: a sketchbook, copy paper, or if you have it, large sheets of newsprint (we typically use 18x24" sheets in class)

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