Painting and Drawing from Life

Jerry Weiss

Jerry Weiss, Nabila, Oil on linen, 28 x 32 inches.

Class Description

This class focuses on the study of the human figure, with particular emphasis on the importance of draftsmanship. Students are encouraged to design pictures that will focus on the figure, while at the same time being attentive to the relationship of color and tonal values throughout the picture. Light is studied for its effect on the large planes of the body, for the ways in which it models and clarifies anatomical form, and for its contribution to the richness of color that gives life to the figure. Students may work in any media. We will discuss the challenges of longer posed works through individual critiques and in-class demonstrations. This class works from both clothed and nude models. Poses may run for several weeks, and as long as eight consecutive sessions.

About the Instructor

Jerry Weiss studied drawing with Roberto Martinez in Miami, Florida, and drawing and painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Ted Seth Jacobs, Mary Beth McKenzie, and Jack Faragasso at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York City.

Mr. Weiss has had one-man exhibitions at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and galleries in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. His paintings are represented in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the New Britain Museum of American Art (CT); the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Northeastern University (Boston, MA); Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA); Pfizer, Inc. (Groton, CT); the State Capitol Building (Hartford, CT); New London County Courthouse (CT); Debevoise & Plimpton (New York City); and the Harvard Club of New York City.

He was awarded a fellowship for painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and has won the Julius Hallgarten Prize and the Isaac Maynard Prize at National Academy of Design Annual exhibitions in New York City. Mr. Weiss teaches workshops and has lectured in Florida, New York, Washington, Maine, New Mexico, and Colorado.

He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America. His artwork and teaching methods have been featured in American Artist Workshop and American Artist Drawing magazines, and he writes the continuing Master Class feature as contributing editor to Artist’s Magazine. He is represented by The Cooley Gallery (Old Lyme, CT) and Portraits, Inc

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