Drawing the Dance
with Valentine Aprile and Anabella Lenzu

John A. Varriano

John A. Varriano

Workshop Description

November 15–16
6:00–9:00 PM
Fee: $120
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 28 students
Please request supply list

The Art Students League is excited to offer a unique two evening program of dance performance and drawing that will take place in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery. All drawing and watercolor media will be allowed.

League instructor John A. Varriano in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Valentine Aprile and dance instructor Anabella Lenzu, with dancers, will guide participants through an intensive program of drawing the figure in a variety of dance movements expressing the essence of the dancer’s art. The program will begin the first evening with an expressive modern-dance style and  finish with classical ballet on the second night. Each evening will start with a discussion by the collaborators regarding the physical origin of presented movement, how a dance artist considers a figure in space, visual imagery and intent, and how that informs the movement choices applied to music. League instructor Varriano will elaborate as to how the visual artist expresses these dynamic gestural movements in terms of line and tone on surface.

Each evening will be comprised of a short pose session and the performance of a choreographed dance directed by Aprile (modern) and Lenzu (ballet), respectively. Short poses will be reflective of dance movements performed during choreography. Participants will be encouraged to free sketch the dancers in motion throughout the evening, including during their warm-up time prior to the official start of the workshop. Varriano will be on hand to critique and guide individual artists as they work.


About the Instructor

John A. Varriano is a representational painter. He has exhibited extensively and has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at the UCJF’s Annual Fall for Art Show, 2010 and the National Art League’s Annual Exhibit, 2011, the Sanford Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Alfred and Mary Crimi Award, and the Guilia Palermo Award at the Audubon Artists Exhibit, NY. In 2006 he was one of 20 artist invited to paint the landscape at the Forbes Trinchera Ranch in Colorado.

He was one of 20 artists chosen out of thousands to participate in the International Fine Art Exhibit in Chelsea, 2012, and was selected in 2012 and 2013 for the Hudson Valley Artists Association Annual Exhibition in Old Lyme, CT.  Varriano studied at the Art Students League with Frank Mason and Gustav Rehberger.  He currently teaches figurative and portrait painting in New Jersey and New York City, and landscape workshops in the Hudson Valley region of NY.  He is represented by Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY.

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