Visual Discovery Through Drawing, Painting, Form and Color – The Art Students League

Visual Discovery Through Drawing, Painting, Form and Color

Henry Finkelstein

Henry Finkelstein, Garden, Single Rose, Oil on linen, 56 x 58 inches.

Class Description

This class works from the nude model doing one pose for the whole month (eight sessions). Students can work from one or as many interpretations of this as they wish. There will not be a still life set-up however, but again students are welcome to paint something other than the model if they choose. The instructor will be present on Tuesday nights.

About the Instructor

My courses focus on drawing and painting, and the importance of one to the other. Drawing will be presented as the key to the visual language—to understanding plasticity and visual form. Concepts such as shift, swirl (drawing the figure from the inside out), rhythm, plane, shape, space, and volume will be explored in how they can unify a visual statement over a whole rectangle. In the painting class, color will also enter the conversation, how it can serve these concepts and how it can function on its own. Students will be encouraged to be constantly drawing in their paintings—moving the form, finding it anew, involved in a continual process of discovery. Historical examples will be presented from Piero through de Kooning. In the end, we may see how drawing and painting are the same thing.

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