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Drawing the Portrait and Figure with White Chalk

  • Chelsea Classical Studios 526 W 26th St., Suite 415 New York NY 10001 USA (map)


Sept 5, 12, 19, 26

1:00pm -4:00pm

(4 Tuesday Afternoons)

Tuition: $215

All Levels Welcome

Course Outline:  

As aspiring artists we are always searching for ways to capture and express a quality of light in our work. Leonardo Da Vinci said it best, "Of the original phenomena, light is the most enthralling." When you use white chalk on black paper you are drawing the light and see the forms emerge from the dark background. This teaches you how to control value and yields a beautiful and mysterious quality. 

"Shadows which you see with difficulty, and whose boundaries you cannot define... these you should not represent as finished or sharply defined, for the result would be that your work would seem wooden". -Leonardo da Vinci

Lose the "wooden" quality in your work by learning how to vary edges. Lost and found edges breathe life in to work by creating depth and volume. This is a valuable component in taking your work to the next step. This is going to be a fun class. Space is limited. 


Sept 5- Intro, Demo, Q&A and 1x 1 hr portrait

Sept 12- we will draw 1x 3 hr figure

Sept 19- we will draw 1x 3 hr portrait

Sept 26- we will paint 1x 3 hr portrait or figure

Earlier Event: April 22
Portrait Painting Workshop
Later Event: September 6
Portrait and Figure Painting Workshop