Life Drawing

Ephraim Rubenstein

Ephraim Rubenstein, Sarah XX, red chalk on paper, 19 x 25 in.

Class Description

Life Drawing

This class provides training in the direct observation of the figure. It emphasizes tonal drawing; the perception and composition of the appearance of nature; and form drawing, the development of form concepts as derived from the study of anatomy and perspective. This class works from the nude model, with poses generally lasting three weeks.

About the Instructor

Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in art history from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Mr. Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in New York at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher as well. From 1987 to 1998, he was associate professor of art at the University of Richmond, where he received the Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he is currently on the faculty at Columbia University as well as at the Art Students League.


This lecture was filmed before a live audience in the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery on February 23, 2017.


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