PAINTING AND DRAWING THE FIGURE:
FOCUS ON THE FEATURES
Mixed Water Media
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Learn the art of figure painting and drawing from an accomplished expert who will teach you how to interpret the human figure, not only with your eyes, but your emotions and your senses. This workshop will focus on effective ways to simplify and depict the figure in terms of gesture, rhythm, design, flat shapes and simplified light/dark areas. You will have plenty of one-to-one time with Stephanie, as well as view valuable demos that empower you to capture and then practice this art form with all your senses.
While Stephanie believes in the necessity of knowing basic skills, she is also sensitive to individual levels of experience and is well known for her ability to work with each person in a manner that does not lead to anyone feeling overwhelmed. Her aim in teaching is to help the painter develop just enough art tools to enable them to discover their own abilities in their own way.
Through her demonstrations, and by viewing Stephanie’s artwork students will notice that, although she has a deep understanding of classical realism and anatomy, she also knows how to deliberately leave parts of her highly rendered subjects unfinished to allow more participation by the viewer. Bonus! Get double the teaching! Stephanie and her artist/husband, Ken, will teach in adjoining classrooms so that their students will be able to learn from both of these skilled teachers and their class subject matter!
Stephanie is known for her richly colored figures, insightful portraits, boldly painted miniatures and dynamic watercolors, charcoal, pencil and ink drawings. She imbues all of her work with focused creativity and experimentation. Her works have been the focus of numerous exhibitions, including 15 portraits of unique children called “I AM A Child” at The Riverside Art Museum, as well as exhibitions in U.S. museums and in China. Stephanie teaches figure painting and portraiture around the country and is past secretary for NWS. She is an instructor at the Athenaeum School of Art in La Jolla CA, teaching figure drawing, portraiture and color theory. She has co-authored a book with Ken Goldman titled The Complete Book of Poses for Artists. They have also worked together for two decades collaborating on public and private art projects for hospitals and healing centers.
“Know and understand your subject so well that you will know and understand what to leave undone.”