Life Drawing

John A. Varriano

John A. Varriano

Class Description

This class will focus on analyzing the human form in terms of mass, planes and line. We will begin with a thorough exploration of the three primary forms of the figure – rib cage, pelvis, head – and how the interaction of those components – bending, turning, twisting – expresses movement. The student will learn to observe the figure model and reduce the complex anatomical forms into simple geometric masses. We will then apply the same analysis to the secondary and tertiary forms such as arms, legs, hands, feet and the features of the face.

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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