DROP-IN FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS

WSS provides three opportunities each week for students and others to practice their figure work from the model in a monitored but non-instructed basis. We encourage all students to take advantage of these sessions! They are available to WSS students and outside artists as well. Please check our Constant Creative Card for a multiple session discount.

Monday evenings, 7-10pm
Varied short poses – drawing only
$18 (with reduced cost packages available)

Thursday evenings, 7-10pm
Long pose – sometimes two consecutive weeks – drawing or painting
$18 (with reduced cost packages available)

Friday afternoons, 2-5pm
Long pose – drawing or painting
$18 (with reduced cost packages available)

SPRING, 2017

Join Us! OPEN HOUSE, Sunday April 2, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Winter session runs from April 10 through June 17, with a few workshops earlier in January.

BEGINNING DRAWING

Tuesday 2-5pm
Instructor: Carol Rubin
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING DRAWING

Tuesday 7-10 pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Saturday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455
This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455
his foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

DRAWING: SCALE, FORMAT and MARK

Tuesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455
In this course, we will explore scale + format through drawing. Considering the height and width of our drawings, the relative proportion of our subjects and relation to our bodies, we will experiment with different drawing mediums and subjects. We will learn how the physical size and relative scale of the work is crucial to our experience as artists and as viewers. Previous drawing experience suggested. Students should be familiar with the  foundations of drawing and basic drawing supplies. Students should approach this class with an open mind and willingness to explore. Class may be repeated as new lessons will be explored. Students will also learn to articulate their ideas through writing assignments.

FIGURE DRAWING

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

INT/ADV DRAWING: ABOUT PLACE (INSIDE and OUT)

Monday, 2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$455
This class will take advantage of the beautiful spring weather when possible to explore visually compelling outdoor places near the school, as well as the variety of interior spaces within the WSS building. Form, volume, space, effect of light, and mark will be addressed as we work with a variety of materials to understand the uniqueness and evocative powers of a place. Models will be used several weeks to situate them in locations outside and inside of the WSS classroom and building. Both wet and dry media on paper will be explored. Drawings of artists ranging from Rembrandt, Frank Auerbach, John Virtue, Whistler, Degas and many more will be examined.

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DRAWING, WINTER 2017

Join Us! OPEN HOUSE, Sunday January 8, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Winter session runs from January 23 through April 1, with a few workshops earlier in January.

BEGINNING DRAWING (FULL)

Tuesday 2-5pm
Instructor: Carol Rubin
$455

WSS Student Drawing
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING DRAWING (FULL)

Tuesday 7-10 pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (FULL)

Saturday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455

This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING (FULL)

Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455

This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

DRAWING: SCALE AND FORMAT*

Tuesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455

In this course, we will explore scale + format through drawing. Considering the height and width of our drawings, the relative proportion of our subjects and relation to our bodies, we will experiment with different drawing mediums and subjects. We will learn how the physical size and relative scale of the work is crucial to our experience as artists and as viewers. Previous drawing experience suggested. Students should be familiar with the Katie Pumphrey Drawingfoundations of drawing and basic drawing supplies. Students should approach this class with an open mind and willingness to explore. Class may be repeated as new lessons will be explored. Students will also learn to articulate their ideas through writing assignments.
*please note that the instructor will be out of town for a few of the sessions. Students will continue to work in the classroom during that time, with Jill Phillips looking in and giving feedback to students on their work. Instructor will be available for e-mail and video consultations about the work during this time as well. All will be arranged in advance.

FIGURE DRAWING

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455

Diane WilsonThis class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

INT/ADV DRAWING: DEVELOPING A SERIES

Monday, 2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$455

Artists work in series in order to deeply probe a subject or idea. Each piece generates a new set of questions that allows the exploration to continue and the series to grow. The more deeply one explores, examines and investigates a subject, the more fascinating it becomes. Possibilities are endless. Students in this class will continue to develop their observational drawing skills, but may push their work into levels of abstraction as well. By starting with a set of well-defined parameters and asking a series of ‘what if’ questions within those limitations, students will explore nuances in seeing and compositional emphasis, as well as a range of drawing materials, paper choices, sizes, and formats. The first four weeks the group will explore a motif together, with the remaining six weeks being an individual project of choice with guidance by the instructor.

LOOKING OR READING: TEXT IN DRAWING AND PAINTING

Wednesday, 2-5
Instructor: Joanne Kaufman
$455

Joanne KaufmanText phrases, words and letters abound in contemporary art, creating the question of whether we are looking or reading. What do these different approaches have to do with meaning? Aren’t they different modes of representing, with text becoming a vehicle for additional forms of communication? One where the meaning comes from both image and sound. In this exciting workshop, students will create works that incorporate language into the visual entirety of the rectangle. Art and artists examined will range from illuminated manuscripts and the signature of Albrecht Durer, to modern and contemporary art including Magritte, the Cubists, Jasper Johns, Al Held, Cy Twombly and Christopher Wool.

ANATOMY DRAWING: SCULPTOR’S PERSPECTIVE (Cancelled)

Wednesday, 10am-1pm
Instructor: Jon-Joseph Russo
$455

Figure DrawingDrawing taught as foundation/basic introduction to seeing the figure from inside out. Understanding the figure sequentially starting with the skeleton, basic musculature shape, massing, and how these elements layered, define the skin surface. Drawing technique emphasized is line weight, contour. Drawing 3D with modeling clay- (the sculptor’s form of a sketch) directly from the figure will be explored to express weight. Vanishing point perspective will be shown to construct multiple figure compositions in a room.


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 DRAWING, FALL 2016

Join Us! OPEN HOUSE, Sunday September 11, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Fall session runs from September 26 through December 10.

BEGINNING DRAWING (FULL)

Tuesday 2-5pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455

An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING DRAWING (FULL)

Tuesday 7-10 pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455

An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Saturday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455

This is a foundation class for beginning and intermediate students. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, and positive and negative space are covered, with an emphasis in the fall on line, measurement, and planes. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455

This class furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, edge and forces in opposition.

DRAWING: SCALE AND  FORMAT

Tuesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455

In this course, we will explore scale + format through drawing. Considering the height and width of our drawings, the relative proportion of our subjects and relation to our bodies, we will experiment with different drawing mediums and subjects. We will learn how the physical size and relative scale of the work is crucial to our experience as artists and as viewers. Previous drawing experience suggested. Students should be familiar with the foundations of drawing and basic drawing supplies. Students should approach this class with an open mind and willingness to explore. Class may be repeated as new lessons will be explored.

FIGURE DRAWING (FULL)

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455

This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

INT/ADV DRAWING: DANCE OF THE PLANES (Short Class) (FULL)

Monday, October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28
2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$245

The interaction of planes and their potential for creating space, volume, movement and tension is a critical piece of the vocabulary of both observational and abstract drawing. We will work from the figure and still life in interior space to understand value shapes as planes that push us back into space, turn corners, and create rhythms as they react to each other and to the picture plane.


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Drawing, Winter 2016

Join Us! OPEN HOUSE, Sunday January 10, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Winter session runs from January 25 through April 2.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DRAWING: TRADITIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL

Monday 2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$455
In addition to solidifying observational and drawing skills, this class develops confidence in the use of visual elements as vehicles of meaning. Students examine the formation of expression through the knowledge of formal function. Studio exercises reflect the premise that drawing is an indispensable impetus to seeing and to the growth of a personal statement. Additionally, issues of scale, mark and both traditional and experimental use of materials will be addressed.

BEGINNING DRAWING

Tuesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455
or
Tuesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

DRAWING: SCALE AND  FORMAT

Wednesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455
In this course, we will explore scale + format through drawing. Considering the height and width of our drawings, the relative proportion of our subjects and relation to our bodies, we will experiment with different drawing mediums and subjects. We will learn how the physical size and relative scale of the work is crucial to our experience as artists and as viewers. Previous drawing experience suggested. Students should be familiar with the foundations of drawing and basic drawing supplies. Students should approach this class with an open mind and willingness to explore.

FIGURE DRAWING (FULL)

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455

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This class furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, edge and forces in opposition.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Saturday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455
This is a foundation class for beginning and intermediate students. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, and positive and negative space are covered, with an emphasis in the spring term on compositional organization and pictorial space. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.


2016 WINTER DRAWING
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Drawing, Fall 2015

Join Us! OPEN HOUSE, Sunday September 13, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Fall session runs from September 28 through December 12.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED DRAWING: TRADITIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL

Monday 2-5pm
Instructor: Jill Phillips
$455
In addition to solidifying observational and drawing skills, this class develops confidence in the use of visual elements as vehicles of meaning. Students examine the formation of expression through the knowledge of formal function. Studio exercises reflect the premise that drawing is an indispensable impetus to seeing and to the growth of a personal statement. Additionally, issues of scale, mark and both traditional and experimental use of materials will be addressed.

BEGINNING DRAWING

Tuesday 10am-1pm (FULL)
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
$455

or
Tuesday, 7-10pm (FULL)
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
or
Saturday, 10am-1pm (FULL)
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455

An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

FIGURE DRAWING

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

Thursday, 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455

This class furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, edge and forces in opposition.

Drawing, Spring Term 2015

Join Us! Open House, Sunday March 29, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Spring session runs April 13 through June 20.

Classes meet 3 hours once a week for 10 weeks. Class size limited to 12. Register early to ensure your space. Read the class descriptions and choose your selections from the drop-down menu to register via Paypal. Or you may complete our registration form or contact us to register. Payment in full at registration. Please read WSS policies here on class cancellation, refund, withdrawal and make-ups before registering. REGISTER EARLY. Classes fill quickly.

        

WSS recommends prerequisites prior to taking an advanced-level class.  Students should have completed the three term foundation series in drawing before going on to the advanced classes.  And for any painting class, a solid foundation in drawing always come before painting.  Your work will be so much stronger if you do this!

If your class is noted as FULL or noted as unavailable on PayPal, please contact us to get on a waitlist.


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Beginning Drawing

Tuesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: developing a sensitive line, understanding gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship and personal handwriting. Students will work from still life, the model and interior space.

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing

Tuesday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
or
Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman (Thursday class in is now FULL. Please contact us to be placed on a wait list.)
$455
This is a foundation class for beginning and intermediate students. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, and positive and negative space are covered, with an emphasis in the spring term on compositional organization and pictorial space. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

Figure Drawing

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

Drawing Urban Places and Spaces

Friday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Jenny Walton
$455
This class is for students at an intermediate or above drawing level.  Working from a number of public settings and subjects around DC, students will use a variety of media (pencils, pen, ink, chalk) to develop a regular sketchbook practice.  Each class will be held at a different indoor or outdoor site, with inspiration drawn from subjects including historic architecture, museums, intriguing shops, parks and people.  Students will increase their observational skills outside of the classroom with sketchbook in hand.

Intermediate/Advanced Drawing

Monday 2-5pm
Instructor:  Jill Phillips
$455
In addition to solidifying observational and drawing skills, this class develops confidence in the use of visual elements as vehicles of meaning.  Students examine the formation of expression through the knowledge of formal function.  Studio exercises reflect the premise that drawing is an indispensable impetus to seeing and to the growth of a personal statement.

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Drawing, Winter Term 2015

Open House, Sunday January 11, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session. Winter classes run January 26 through April 4.

Beginning Drawing

Tuesdays 7-10pm. Instructor Martin Wall (FULL. Please contact us to be placed on the waitlist)
$455
This course will introduce students new to drawing to basic drawing materials and concepts.  Emphasis will be on contour, blind contour, gesture, mass, value, negative/positive shape, proportion and placement on the page.  Students will work from still life, interior space and the model in order to develop their perceptual skills.

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing

Tuesdays 10am–1pm. Instructor Joren Lindholm (FULL. Please contact us to be placed on the waitlist)
Or
Thursdays 7-10pm. Instructor Mary Freedman (FULL. Please contact us to be placed on the waitlist)
$455
The Winter Term of the foundation drawing series is for beginning and intermediate students and will focus on value and shape. Working from still life, the figure and interior space, students will learn to see and control the relative lightness or darkness of observed shapes and examine how those value shapes contribute to the finding of form, directional movement, rhythm, weight, emphasis, and mood in a drawing.

Intermediate/Advanced Drawing Individual Approaches

Wednesdays 10am-1pm. Instructor Jill Phillips
$455
A combination of directed exercises and individual explorations will lead students to a deeper understanding of the technical and expressive elements of contemporary drawing.  By looking at drawing as a language, we will determine how individual choices in vocabulary and syntax lead to personal content.   Exploring one topic deeply will show how ideas are generated and series are born.

Advanced Drawing

Mondays 1:30–4:30pm. Instructor Jo Weiss
$455
In addition to solidifying observational and drawing skills, this class develops confidence in the use of visual elements as vehicles of meaning.  Students examine the formation of expression through the knowledge of formal function.  Studio exercises reflect the premise that drawing is an indispensable impetus to seeing and to the growth of a personal statement.

Figure Drawing

Wednesdays 7-10pm. Instructor Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for intermediate and advanced students with some prior drawing experience. Working with a live model, this course concentrates on structure and movement of the figure using the formal and expressive elements of drawing.  Students will develop their perceptual skills while learning concepts such as foreshortening, gesture, and the figure’s relationship to its environment.

Watermedia: Drawing into Painting (See painting for class description and to register)

Wednesdays 1:30-4:30pm. Instructor Brian Kelley.

 

Drawing, Fall Term 2014

Join Us! Open House, Sunday September 7, 1-3pm. Meet Instructors. Free drawing session.

Fall term runs September 29 to December 13. Closed week of November 24 for Thanksgiving holiday.

Drawing, Summer Offerings 2014

Join Us! Open House, Sunday June 15, 1-3pm. Free drawing session.

Summer term includes short classes and workshops and will run July 7 to July 31. Class times vary but most will meet 3 hours once a week for 4 weeks. Class size limited to 12. Register early to ensure your space. Read the class descriptions and choose your selection from the drop-down menu to register via Paypal. Or you may complete our registration form or contact us to register. Payment in full at registration. Please read details here on WSS payment and refund policies.

The Magical World of a Sketchbook

Instructor:  Susan Yanero
Mondays, July 7, 14, 21, 28
1:30 – 4:30pm
$215
In many ways the artist’s sketchbook is akin to a collection – a place to collect thoughts, images, references.  Ideas become tangible in a sketchbook through drawing, writing, sticking, trying out – connections are made and deeper thinking takes place.  And often, sketchbooks are works of art in themselves.  One should never be without a sketchbook, and this fun and popular workshop will give you guidance in creating and using sketchbooks to help you articulate, externalize and explore ideas.  The workshop takes place on four Monday afternoons with the expectation that you will work to develop your sketchbook in the days between.  Expect to emerge with something close to an artist’s book!

Drawing for Absolute Beginners: Learning to See

Instructor:  Maya Weber
Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29
7-10pm
$215
This workshop will provide an introduction to the foundations of observational drawing. Students will learn the basics of contour, shape, value, gesture, negative/positive space, proportion, and the use of basic drawing materials as we look carefully at still life and other natural objects. This course is for those new to drawing and is designed to take the fear out of the process of learning to see.
Supplies:  Basic drawing supplies

Figure Drawing

Instructor: Diane Wilson
Wednesdays, July 9,16, 23, 30
7–10pm
$215
Drawing from the model, this workshop will focus on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Line, gesture, proportion, volume and placement are all considered as we work from this most enduring subject.

Parks and Recreation – Drawing the Model Outside!

Instructor: Milena Spasic
Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31
6:30–9:30
$215
This new and exciting class will give you the opportunity to draw the posed clothed model in parks and cafes within short walking distance of the school.  Using sketchbook and simple drawing materials, students will relate the model to his/her surroundings in both the landscape and café environment.  The first few hours students will be drawing outside, and towards the end of the evening as it gets dark we will bring the drawings back to the school to talk about them.  If the weather does not allow the class to be outside on a particular evening, an indoor location will be substituted.

50 Drawings in Four Hours – A Journey! (FULL. Please contact us and ask to be placed on the wait list. Online PayPal registration for this workshop cannot be accepted.)

Instructor:  Jill Phillips
Tuesday, July 29
Noon–5pm
$100
Working from subject matter of the student’s choice, the class will rapidly move through guided exercises in seeing, using materials, making marks, distilling vision, and asking ‘what if’ questions in order to journey from an initial response into a range of possibilities.  A variety of materials and tools, traditional and non-traditional will be explored.  (The extra hour is spent looking at the work of other artist and at ours!)

Looking Out / Looking In – Looking at Wyeth

Instructor:  Reem Bassous (Artist in Residence)
Week 1:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – July 9, 10, 11 from 10am–noon at National Gallery of Art (NGA)
Week 2:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – July 16, 17, 18 from 10am-2pm in the classroom at WSS
$390
University of Hawaii Professor Reem Bassous returns to WSS this summer as Artist in Residence and master teacher!  Based on the exhibition of works by Andrew Wyeth at the National Gallery titled Looking Out, Looking, she will lead a workshop which both channels and goes beyond the works in the show.  The first week of this intensive class will be held at the NGA drawing from the Wyeth’s and looking at structure, geometry, abstraction and mark.  Week two will be back at WSS as we push beyond the actual Wyeths into our own perceptual and conceptual idea of Looking Out, Looking In.  The surprises that emerge from deep looking (outward and inward) and sustained work will push your work into new territory.

“[Wyeth] was a multifaceted artist who employed abstract pictorial devices — including the window grid — to help distill compositions to their core emotion: “You can have the technique and paint the object,” he said, but “it’s what’s inside you, the way you translate the object — and that’s pure emotion. I think most people get to my work through the backdoor. They’re attracted by the realism and sense the emotion and the abstraction — and eventually, I hope, they get their own powerful emotion.”  — from the NGA

 

Drawing, Spring Term 2014

Join Us! Open House, Sunday March 30, 1-3pm. Free drawing session.

Spring term runs April 14 to June 21. Classes meet 3 hours once a week for 10 weeks. Class size limited to 12. Register early to ensure your space. Read the class descriptions and choose your selection from the drop-down menu to register via Paypal. Or you may complete our registration form or contact us to register. Payment in full at registration. Please read details here on payment and refund policies.

Beginning Drawing

Tuesday, 7-10pm
Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: developing a sensitive line, understanding gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship and personal handwriting. Students will work from still life, the model and interior space.

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing

Tuesday, 10am-1pm
Joren Lindholm
or
Thursday, 7-10pm
Mary Freedman
$455
This is a foundation class for beginning and intermediate students. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, and positive and negative space are covered, with an emphasis in the spring term on compositional organization and pictorial space. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

Figure Drawing (short class, 4 weeks)

May 28, June 4,11,18. Wednesday, 7-10pm
Diane Wilson
$215
This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

Intermediate/Advanced Drawing: Mining the Masters

Wednesday, 10am-1pm
Maya Weber
$455
There are no better teachers than the masters! Through a dialogue with select master paintings, students will analyze the structural, geometric and rhythmic elements of these paintings. After completing a series of exercises in various media meant to unlock the underlying structures of these master works, students will bring a new sense of unity to their own work. The class includes a larger transcription drawing of a painting of the student’s choice.  In addition, we will examine color use in the master works through playful abstract studies. At least one class session will be spent at the museum, and a model will be brought in on occasion to understand poses in the master works.

 

Drawing, Winter Term 2014

Term classes run January 27 to April 5, meeting 3 hours once a week for 10 weeks. Class size limited to 12. Please register early to ensure your space in class. Students may now register using PayPay. Read the class descriptions and then choose your selection from each drop-down menu below. Or you may complete our registration form or contact us to register. Payment in full is required at registration. More here on payment and refund policies.

Beginning Drawing

Tuesday, 7-10pm
Martin Wall
$455
This course will introduce students new to drawing to basic drawing materials and concepts.  Emphasis will be on contour, blind contour, gesture, mass, value, negative/positive shape, proportion and placement on the page.  Students will work from still life, interior space and the model in order to develop their perceptual skills.

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing

Tuesday, 10am-1pm
Joren Lindholm
$455
Or
Thursday, 7-10pm
Mary Freedman
$455
The Winter Term of the foundation drawing series is for beginning and intermediate students and will focus on value and shape. Working from still life, the figure and interior space, students will learn to see and control the relative lightness or darkness of observed shapes and examine how those value shapes contribute to the finding of form, directional movement, rhythm, weight, emphasis, and mood in a drawing.

Figure Drawing

Wednesday, 7-10pm
Diane Wilson
$455
This class is for intermediate and advanced students with some prior drawing experience. Working with a live model, this course concentrates on structure and movement of the figure using the formal and expressive elements of drawing.  Students will develop their perceptual skills while learning concepts such as foreshortening, gesture, and the figure’s relationship to its environment.

Working on a Series (Drawing into Painting)

Wednesday, 10am-1pm
Maya Weber
$455
Working on a series of drawings or paintings of a single subject is a wonderful way to move deeper into perception, explore media and develop one’s voice as an artist. In this course, students will select a subject of their choice to work with in class, beginning with drawing and moving into painting. In dialogue with the instructor, students will be encouraged to make choices about how the series progresses and to experiment with media, modes of analysis, scale and composition. The course is ideal for students seeking to develop their own body of work while benefiting from the classroom interaction and a teacher’s guidance.

Drawing: Multiple Figure Composition

Thursday, 10am-1pm
Tania Karpowitz
$455
This class explores the time-honored topic of multiple figure composition in drawing and painting. Working with multiple models or a single model in multiple poses, students will continue to develop their perceptual awareness and ability to transpose figures into imagined or constructed spaces. Students will look at the work of many master and contemporary painters, and learn strategies for creating dynamic figure groupings that relate and project content.  This is primarily a drawing class, but some students may opt for a final painting project. Recommended for students with drawing experience. Great painters throughout the ages have composed paintings, both quiet and epic, by finding the relationships between two or more figures. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity offered this Winter Term 2014!

 

Drawing, Fall Term 2013

September 30-December 15 (No classes week of November 25)

Class size is limited to 12 students. Please register early!

Beginning Drawing

Tuesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
For those new to drawing, this is an essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: developing a sensitive line, understanding gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship and personal handwriting. Students will work from still life, the model and interior space.

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing

Tuesday 10am-1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
or
Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455
This is a foundation class for beginning and intermediate students. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form on a two-dimensional surface. Studies in line quality, shape, value, and positive and negative space are covered, with an emphasis in the fall term on line, measurement, proportion and the many structural and expressive uses of line. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.  Students often repeat the series diving deeper into their explorations each time.

Figure Drawing / Drawing the Head

Wednesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455, all 10 weeks (recommended)
$235, 5 weeks of either figure or head (cannot be divided between figure and head)
While we advise that students take all 10 weeks of this class, the option exists to choose either the figure or the head portion. The first 5 weeks focus on the entire figure, while the second five weeks concentrate on the head.

Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the figure segment concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure.  In the head portion, students will work to surpass mere physical likeness, and discover how the expressive potential inherent in the head is directly affected by the organization of pictorial elements.  Students may take both 5 week sessions, or one or the other.  It is recommended that participants have previous drawing experience.

Intermediate/Advanced Drawing: Contemporary Issues

Wednesday 10am-1pm
Instructor:  Maya Weber
$455
Continuing to develop their perceptual skills and responses, students In this   class will explore working with a variety of surfaces and mediums while using unique still-life setups and the figure in environment. Compositional and spatial issues will be examined in depth, while relating the traditional to what is contemporary in drawing.  A move toward a personal vision will be encouraged.

Drawing becomes a form in its own right for converting empirical observation into powerful visual experiences.

Drawing at the Museum (4 weeks)

“Opening the Box: Spatial Illusions inside the Picture”
Sunday 1-5pm, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Instructor: Juliana Netschert
$240
4 sessions at The National Gallery of Art / both wings, each session focuses on either a specific artist or period in western painting. (Due to government shutdown, the NGA is closed. October 6 meet at the Phillips Collection)

The perception of space on a 2 dimensional surface is contradictory, and like all illusions, magical. Obviously, the surface itself is two dimensional, but through the function of our eyes and brain, we begin to perceive depth. The basic rectangle of the picture becomes a window. The picture surface becomes the transparent front of a box into which we can see sides, floor, ceiling and the back, which is parallel to the front.  Parts of this 3 dimensional illusion are often ignored, but the picture surface itself always depth. Through drawing, the experience of deep dimensional space created on what is a flat surface can be better understood and enjoyed.

In this class, issues of how deep or how flat will be explored. Concepts of picture plane, directional lines, edges, near/far, overlapping, push/pull, ambiguity and light will be included.  Some drawing experience is recommended.

Materials: paper, support for working (sketchbook is fine), dry drawing media (student’s choice: pencil, charcoal, ball point, marker).

For each session meet first in the main rotunda, mall side, and then the instructor will take you to a selected area in the museum.  Drawings will be discussed and shared each session.

Drawing, Spring Term 2013

April 15-June 24

Class size is limited to 12 students. Please register early!

Beginning Drawing

Tuesday 7-10pm
Instructor: Martin Wall
$455
An essential course emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: developing a sensitive line, understanding gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative shape, the figure/ground relationship and personal handwriting. Students will work from still life, the model and interior space.

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing

Tuesday 10am–1pm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm
$455
or
Thursday 7-10pm
Instructor: Mary Freedman
$455
This is a foundation class for beginning and intermediate students. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, and positive and negative space are covered, with an emphasis in the spring term on compositional organization and pictorial space. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

Figure Drawing and Painting

Wednesday 1:30–4:30pm
Instructor: Diane Wilson
$455
While strengthening perceptual and technical skills, this course will investigate the materials, expressive content and visual concepts of drawing and/or painting as they relate to the human form. Students work toward a personal sensibility, while learning to express the complexities of the human form in its spatial environment.

Drawing: Inside and Outside

Saturday 1:30-4:30pm
Instructors: Maya Weber and Mary Freedman
$455
The first five weeks of this class take students outside into the neighborhood to enjoy the spring weather and the rhythms, structures, space and movement of the cityscape forms explored through a variety of drawing materials.  The second five weeks bring you back into the classroom to work with the figure model in the studio environment.  Students examine the gesture and structure of the figure and it’s relationship to space.

Intermediate/Advanced Drawing: Contemporary Issues

Monday 1:30–4:30pm (This 1:30 class is FULL. Please ask to be put on the wait list.)
Instructor: Susan Yanero
$455
In this dynamic class students will explore working with a variety of surfaces and mediums while using unique still-life setups and the figure in environment. Compositional and spatial issues will be examined in depth, relating the traditional to what is contemporary in drawing.  A move toward a personal vision will be encouraged.

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