While gaining knowledge of the fundamental principles of perception—light, plane-structure, tonal value, perspective, proportion—students in Costa Vavagiakis’ classes will learn to construct images that realistically and accurately interpret the anatomical architecture and movement of the human form in space. This solid foundation will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively. The drawing classes will consist of short and long poses, acquainting students with the preliminary process of understanding the essentials of the figure, and providing the opportunity to develop a more complete drawing. The painting class will consist of one-week and three-week poses, allowing students to delve into the painting process in order to attain both concise and fully realized paintings.
These classes work from the nude and clothed model with short and long poses in the drawing classes, and with poses lasting one and three weeks in the painting class.
Costa Vavagiakis has been featured in the publications Portrait Painting Atelie and Curve: The Female Nude Now, and in articles in American Artist, American Artist Drawing, and The Artist’s Magazine, among others.
He is the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Gregory Millard Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Mr. Vavagiakis’s work has appeared in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Museum of the City of New York; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; ACA Galleries, NYC; Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, NYC; Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and Hirschl & Adler Galleries, NYC.