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The Emotive Figure

The Emotive Figure

SKU: 2024 Spring Bateman Emotive Figure

The Emotive Figure

Intermediate / Advanced - 🖌️🖌️&🖌️🖌️🖌️

Instructor: Jill Bateman

Wednesdays 2-5pm, begins April 17 

10 weeks, In-person / Room 2A    



Strengthen your grasp of the formal elements as you explore and develop your own personal language of drawing. Working from the model, students will learn to sharpen their powers of observation and challenge themselves to really SEE and learn how to better achieve volume, mass, gesture, gravity, spatial viability, and line quality on a flat plane.  Each student’s individual vision will be recognized, encouraged, and nurtured, with an emphasis on risk-taking, experimentation, and mark-making using a range of drawing/mixed media materials, all in pursuit of a personal aesthetic.


Each class will include quick gesture drawings, blind contours, and longer sustained poses. Multi-figure drawings will also be explored. We will look at and discuss the work of old masters and contemporary artists for inspiration and direction in each class. What questions do we ask ourselves as we work? Student critiques will serve an important role in identifying strengths and weaknesses in our drawings while we gain insight from each other, and share ideas and observations.

“Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint.” Arshile Gorky

If you are unsure if a class is right for you, please read our Pathway To Sucess: A Guide or have a conversation with a Faculty member or our Head of Faculty before the first week of the term comes to an end. Once the second week of classes starts, no refunds will be offered.


Please find our full refund policy linked here.


For 10-week courses, only withdrawals more than 14 days before the first day of class – 100% tuition refund*


A $25 administrative fee is applied to all refunds.


*If we can fill your spot, we will fully refund your tuition, less the administrative fee.

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