20 minute study of figure in environment by Ruthie V. (June 2020) Figure drawing offers artists a never ending series of challenges and inspirations for the artist. In my figure drawing classes we try a different approach every week, so students strengthen many different aspects of drawing, all in a single class. In drawing sessions, we have focused on how to measure proportions and useful landmarks in the body. We practiced what makes a figure appear to move, and how that affects composition. Other approaches to drawing the figure might include weight, balance, line of action, contrapposto, contour, tone, shadow, form, touch, or environment. 10 minute study of dancer by Ruthie V. (June 2020) Last quarter we took advantage of the online format, and made William Kentridge inspired stop animation drawings. In addition to giving us a series of fun “flip book” moving images of the figure in interior, it pulled our attention away from the pressure of making a perfect finished product, to recording the interesting moments that happen while we’re focused, and in the process of making a drawing. This is what I most appreciate about the tradition of figure drawing: the goal is the process of looking, not the finished product. Why Figure Drawing is my favorite online class Figure drawing is a repeatable class. Every week participants are challenged by a different technique or approach for measuring, mass, gestures, and more. In the online format, students work from a live semi-nude model, with poses ranging from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. The next Figure Drawing class starts Sunday June 21, 2020. You can join us from anywhere in the world! In addition to our roster of local models, we’ll have an actress joining us from London, and circus performer in New England. Click here to sign up. 20 minute study of figure in living room with glowing light by Ruthie V. (June 2020) Learn anywhere. Make anywhere. League where you are.