Anatomical Drawing – The Art Students League

Anatomical Drawing

Frank L. Porcu

Frank L. Porcu, The ‘Thomas’ Abraham Lincoln, 2013, Bronze, 30 x 30 x15 inches, life-size, Patron: Shawn Thomas; Unveiled at the New York Historical Society

Class Description

Anatomical Drawing

This class works from the nude model, with poses generally lasting eight weeks.

About the Instructor

Frank L. Porcu is a sculptor, anatomist, and painter who earned a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. Mr. Porcu has devoted the last seventeen years to the study of the human form, based on the truth of human and quadrupedal dissection.

His research in the theories of “anatomical form-making” and its historical usages has provided him with a platform to teach to artists and physicians a “lost philosophy” dealing with the scientific construction of form. He has currently truncated his teaching schedule to take on studio practice for public and private sculpture commissions.

A monument to the lineage of education is a fourteen-foot statue he has designed for West Texas A&M University; the statue was erected in 2012. The anatomy text he is authoring is in manuscript form, and is being updated weekly due to the great lessons and explanations demanded of him by his ambitious students.

Mr. Porcu teaches anatomy, drawing, and sculpture at the Art Students League of New York, where he has recently brought back the appropriate study of “the Antique,” with the design and erection of the new second floor Antique Cast Wall. He also lectures on stereoscopic anatomy at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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