Figure Drawing (online) – The Art Students League

Figure Drawing (online)

Dan Thompson & Jon deMartin

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Dan Thompson & Jon deMartin

Class Description

Dan Thompson and Jon deMartin teach this summer class.

This virtual life drawing class presents us with unique and interesting challenges, which can enhance our ability to gain insight in constructing the human figure convincingly in three-dimensional space.   Through geometric, perspective and anatomical principles we will analyze the figure’s construction by using old master drawings and photographs designed specifically for life drawing.

The class will be comprised of critiques, lectures and demonstrations.  Students can work on assignments relevant to class topics and submit them for critiques for each class.  Assignments include self-portrait drawings, hand studies from life and old master copies with a strong emphasis on the conceptual.   Good construction is the foundation for good modeling with values.

This class will offer both a practical, and an historical perspective on the use of materials and techniques employed by artists from the Renaissance to contemporary classical drawing.

About the Instructor

Dan Thompson and Jon deMartin teach this summer class.


Dan Thompson has been awarded extensively for his artwork, receiving the Grand Prize for Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art, two Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, as well as many others. He has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center.

Mr. Thompson co-founded two schools of art in New York City: the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art. He has served on the M.F.A. faculty of the New York Academy of Art for fifteen years, and is both a faculty member of Studio Incamminati and an associate of the Artistic Advisory Committee.

Mr. Thompson’s work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the John Noble Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol and Beijing’s World Art Museum.

Jon deMartin is among the leading figurative artists working today and has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty-years at the most prestigious academies and ateliers in the country.  Among them are the Arts Students League, the New York Academy of Art, the Grand Central Academy of Art, the Janus Collaborative School of Art, Studio Incamminati, and the Parsons School of Design.  He has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, the John Pence gallery, the Arnot Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Florence Griswald Museum, and the Beijing World Art Museum, featured in the exhibit ‘Contemporary American Realism’.

He grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and later moved to New York where he graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking.  He subsequently enrolled at the Art Students League, and also studied privately with Michael Aviano.  He currently lives in White Plains and teaches in his studio in Port Chester, New York.

Jon’s work has been reproduced in publications such as ‘The Classicist’, Classical Drawing Atelier’, ‘Lessons in Classical Drawing’, Watson-Guptil Publications. ‘Star Wars Art: Visions’, (Abrams Publication), and the ‘Classical Life Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing’, Sterling Publications.  He has written and illustrated over twenty-five articles on classical figure drawing technique for ‘Drawing Magazine’.

In his paintings, Jon concentrates on the figure placed in outdoor and interior situations, as well as portraits and industrial landscapes.

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