Course Description: Drawing is the foundation of visual art. Regardless of which medium or media one chooses to practice, understanding the components of composition (line, shape, and form) enables the artist to communicate visual information in order to create works of art.
This workshop is ideal for high school students who want to develop a portfolio to apply to a BFA program, as well as for beginners of all ages, intermediate-level artists who want to hone their skills and receive feedback, and those who are simply curious.
During this six-week session we will explore the fundamentals of drawing by focusing on the figure—learning to define the shapes and forms within the human figure through the study of proportion, shading, and contour. Each class will begin with gesture drawing to loosen up the hand and sharpen the eye, and will conclude with longer poses. Classes meet once a week for three hours. The materials needed to start will be: 1) soft vine charcoal, 2) compressed charcoal, and 3) newsprint paper. After the final class there will be a portfolio review by Medrie MacPhee from Bard College.
Cost is $200/$175 for members. Student membership at ASK is $30/year.
William Staples is a painter who is based in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, New York. He earned his Masters in Fine Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Mr. Staples was a finalist for the 2018 Artadia Award New York. In 2005 he was given a “12×12: New Artist/New Work” solo exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; in 2010 he was included in a group show at the gallery Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California; and this past October he had his fifth solo exhibit at 65Grand gallery in Chicago. In addition to painting, Staples has also curated five exhibits, most recently “Around Flat” at the Knockdown Center in New York City. Mr. Staples has taught studio arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University.