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Drawing SchoolPainting School


The first tool of the Drawing School program will be the idea of excellence, how to recognize it and how to achieve it in your own work.   Learning to draw involves a balance of what we see (the ability to copy nature beautifully) and what we know (the ability to copy nature intelligently).  The drawing curriculum teaches both of these concepts at the highest level of accuracy by learning to see geometric, structural and tonal relationships, rather than rote mechanical measuring. 

Lessons progress from a historical drawing course through a series of tonal studies to the time honored practice of drawing carefully selected plaster casts from antiquity.  Special emphasis is also given to ornamental drawing and compositional copies using a variety of materials and techniques that can then be applied to working from the life model.

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