Classical Portrait Drawing
Members $210 / Non-Members $220
Friday, July 17, 7 – 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday July 18 – 19, 10 am – 4 pm
@ Harcourt House Artist Run Centre
Art Education Room #1, Annex Building, 10211 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB
Please ring buzzer upon arrival
To register: firstname.lastname@example.org / 780 426 4180
Method of Payment: In the office or online through eventbrite
This class is intended to give students a solid foundation in portraiture by teaching the anatomy and structure of the head, how to portray individual character and how to shade the portrait accurately to convey a sense of light. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of the forms and subforms of the head (i.e. nose, mouth, eyes etc.), as well as how to think structurally. The class will also cover the physics of light, the rules of organic form, how to build a block-in, along with creating a beautiful and accurate contour. The class will be a combination of demonstrations and practice time with plenty of one-on-one time guidance and critique from the teacher. We will be working from a live model for the entire class, starting with shorter poses to study certain aspects and moving to longer poses to develop more finished drawings. Students are welcome to work in the dry media of their choice for longer poses, but basic pencil and paper are recommended for some of the exercises.
This workshop is considered beginner/intermediate. Drawing experience is useful but not required. Absolute beginners are welcome.
Download list of materials need for workshop here (pdf).
Trained in classical realism, Sarah Marie Lacy plays with 18th and 19th century artistic theories but in a modern context, creating oil paintings and graphite drawings of the human body that reference the past but are clearly of contemporary subjects. Her portraits and nudes explore the silent stories that are written on our bones and skin. Like trees forming around foreign objects, our bodies grow, change and transform based on our experiences. Her work is intimate in both scale and feel, as she studies the subtle variety found in each subject’s body. Sarah spent 3 years in France studying classical figure drawing and painting at Studio Escalier and is passionate about passing on the training she received to her students. She has received several awards and grants, including first place in The Artist Magazine’s Annual Competition for figure/portrait and a Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s International Competition. As a teacher, Sarah has been invited to demonstrate at the National Gallery of Canada as part of their exhibitions. She founded The Drawing Room Studio in Ottawa in 2015, where she currently teaches classical figure drawing and painting.