Jack Faragasso
Painting and Drawing from Life

Jack Faragasso has been teaching drawing and painting in the traditional academic manner to both beginning and advanced students at the Art Students League of New York since 1968. Mr. Faragasso believes that success is based on a firm foundation, and that with such a foundation one can evolve into whatever kind of artist one chooses.

“One must learn how to see, how to think and how to do. Seeing is different than looking, for much of what we look at is illusionary. One must be made aware of these illusions and learn to see and paint nature correctly. This is accomplished with a completely related system where every aspect of drawing and painting is revealed and taught.”  To this end, Mr. Faragasso teaches a completely related course of drawing and painting.

Mr. Faragasso studied at the Art Students League and at its Woodstock summer school with the late Frank Reilly, with whom he learned how to paint landscapes and the figure outdoors. Later, he went to Europe to study the Old Masters. Upon returning, he commenced a successful career as a fine artist, illustrator, art instructor and writer. His illustrations have appeared on thousands of paperback covers throughout the country and overseas. For more than a decade he has concentrated solely on the fine arts, teaching and writing.

He has exhibited in numerous galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona; New York City; and Woodstock, New York. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections, including those of Clare Booth Luce; financier James Rogers; Charles Osgood; the National Museum of American Art in Newport, Rhode Island; and the Museum of the Tuskegee Institute of Alabama.  He is listed in A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, as well as many Who’s Who in American Art publications.  Mr. Faragasso’s book, The Students’ Guide to Painting, was published by the North Light Publishing Co. in 1980, and became a best seller. His book, Mastering Drawing the Human Figure from Life, Memory, Imagination, compliments the book on painting.  His most recent book is titled The Early Photographs of Bettie Page, The Making of An American Icon.

Mr. Faragasso was director and instructor at Frank J. Reilly’s School of Art in 1967. He has also taught at the Woodstock School of Art and the Scottsdale Artists’ School of Arizona. He is a member of Artists’ Fellowship, the American Society of Portrait Painters, and is the subject and author of numerous articles on artistic matters.

To learn more about Mr. Faragasso and his work, please visit his website:

Class description: Regarding drawing, Mr. Faragasso’s class covers a thorough knowledge of light and shade, as well as structure, planes and forms, and how light reveals them. These subjects are drawn with the principles of “growth” and “action,” using a varied line to make the drawing more dimensional and expressive.  As for the painting of the portrait and the figure, students are taught how to make an imprimatura, an underpainting used from the days of the Renaissance before the full color is applied.

Classes will also cover color and the palette; the mixing of complexion tones for any complexion in any lighting condition, be it indoors or outdoors; the lay-in and massing of tones; edges and brushwork; drapery; and many other subjects concerning painting in oils. This class works from the nude model, with poses generally lasting two weeks.

Class Schedule During the Regular Term, September through May (unless otherwise noted below)
Class DescriptionClass TimeClass DaysMonthly PriceSupply List
Painting and Drawing from Life6:15 pm - 9:30 pmMonday–Friday$215Download
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