Life Drawing – The Art Students League

Life Drawing

Jon deMartin

Dan Thompson, Ace, Graphite on paper, 2016.

Class Description

Life Drawing

This course is designed as a nine month investigation into the art and technique of figure drawing. The first Friday of each month generally begins with short pose exercises, intended to place students in what has been termed ‘the art of the start’. Focusing on starting drawings beautifully and consistently, students develop their aptitude in gesture, weight/balance; they learn to handle proportion without losing parts of the body; students organize and analyze optical shape relationships and their design. The third and fourth Fridays are organized as “long pose” studies, encompassing more developed drawings. Under two session poses, students layer further insights upon their starts, like orienting anatomical and planar figure landmarks and light/shadow observations on the page.

Students also learn to layer graphite and how to use the range of pencil grades, stumps and erasers with archival drawing paper. When the month permits even longer studies, hatch mark becomes a major talking point. The final Friday is used for PowerPoint lectures on anatomical regions/art historical and drawing related lectures, guest lecture visits, presentations of student work from the archives of The Art Students League (1880s – 1940s) or for long form demonstrations in drawing by the instructor.

About the Instructor

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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