Painting and Drawing from Life – The Art Students League

Painting and Drawing from Life

Jerry Weiss

Jerry Weiss, Girl in Black Hat, 2018, 36 x 30 inches

Class Description

This class focuses on the study of the human figure, with particular emphasis on the importance of draftsmanship. Students will learn how to better compose pictures that focus on the figure, while at the same time being attentive to the relationship of color and tonal values throughout the picture. Light is studied for its effect on the large planes of the body, for the ways in which it models and clarifies anatomical form, and for its contribution to the richness of color that gives life to the figure. Students may work in any media. We will discuss the challenges of longer posed works through individual critiques and in-class demonstrations. This class works from both clothed and nude models. Poses will vary in length.

About the Instructor

Jerry Weiss studied drawing with Roberto Martinez in Miami, Florida, and drawing and painting with Harvey Dinnerstein, Robert Beverly Hale, Ted Seth Jacobs, Mary Beth McKenzie, and Jack Faragasso at The Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York City.

Jerry Weiss has had one-man exhibitions at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and galleries in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. His paintings are represented in numerous public, private, and corporate collections, including the New Britain Museum of American Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, and the Harvard Club of New York City.

Mr. Weiss teaches workshops and has lectured in Florida, New York, Washington, Maine, New Mexico, and Colorado. His artwork and teaching methods have been featured in American Artist Workshop and American Artist Drawing magazines, and he is a longtime contributor to The Artist’s Magazine. He is represented by the Chester Gallery (Chester, CT); Elizabeth Moss Gallery and Copper & Smith Gallery (Essex, CT); and Portraits, Inc.

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