Drawing the Dance with John Varriano and Anabella Lenzu – The Art Students League

Drawing the Dance
with John Varriano and Anabella Lenzu

John A. Varriano

John A. Varriano

Workshop Description

June 13
6–9 pm
Enrollment limited to 28 students
Please request supply list


The Art Students League is excited to offer a unique 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 dance instructor Anabella Lenzu, along with classical 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  evening will be comprised of short pose sessions and Classical Ballet. 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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