group classes

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Testimonial:

I have thoroughly enjoyed Robin's teaching style for her intro level portraiture and figure drawing classes and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to take their first life drawing class or further develop their skills.  Robin runs a very structured class that strategically builds from week to week.  She has an incredibly in-depth knowledge of anatomy as well as the ability to make it digestible for her students.  Robin is also sensitive to the fact that many students have different learning styles and will help you to hone in on what works for you.  I came to her classes with previous figure drawing experience and have watched my drawings become more dimensional and lifelike over just 6 weeks.  I am starting to understand the figure and see light and shadow in a more masterful way as well as becoming faster and more proficient with my drawings— *deep sigh of relief*. I am so very grateful to have found such an incredible teacher, and I cannot wait to take more classes from Robin.

— Sharon (student)

 

FIGURE DRAWING

Intro to Figure Drawing: Gesture, proportion, and skeletal landmarks
Dates & Location: Thursdays Feb 21st - April 4th 2019, 2-5pm, SPQR Art Space (downtown Colorado Springs)
Tuition: $250 + $38 model fee
Prerequisites: none

Description: This six week course—the first in our five course Figure Drawing series—is an introduction to drawing the nude figure from life, perfect both for those who have always wanted to explore the figure drawing world, as well as more experienced drawers who are looking for a methodical approach to the human form and proportions. We will emphasize the importance of gesture, energy, and movement throughout our weeks together with additional focus on the skeleton and its helpful landmarks, volumetric thinking, sighting, line quality, and some introductory elements of anatomy.

To register or for course content questions, please email Robin via the contact page.

 

Figure 2: Muscular anatomy
Dates & Location: TBA
Tuition: $250 + $43 model fee
Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing or portfolio review

Description: This six week course is a continuation of the practices covered in Intro to Figure Drawing with an strong focus on muscular anatomy. If you’ve always wondered how to make sense of the immense variety of body types and muscular structure artists encounter, this course is for you! Emphasis will be on memorizing major muscle groups as simplified forms in order to gain immense interpretive and expressive freedom. We will focus on a major area each week, progressing through the torso, neck & head, legs & pelvis, arms & shoulders, ending with an overview of hands and feet. This course is one of the quickest tracks to accuracy and informed design choices in your figure drawing, and provides a jumping off point for advanced practices in Figure Drawing 3 – 5.

To register or for course content questions, please email Robin via the contact page.

 

Figure 3: Elegant line and Introduction to value
Dates & Location: TBA
Prerequisites: Figure Drawing 1-2 or portfolio review

Description: This course builds on the knowledge gained in Figure Drawing 1-2 as we touch on elegant line work and take a deep dive into the world of light and shadow. We will draw on your knowledge of anatomy to learn how to creatively interpret and design the cascade of light across the human form and build the illusion of three dimensionality with careful attention to shadow transitions and edges. We will also touch on the tricky nature of lighter midtones, and talk about how to use optical illusions to your advantage.

 

Figure 4: Long pose figure drawing
Dates & Location: TBA
Prerequisites: Figure Drawing 1-3 or portfolio review

Description: After reviewing all we’ve learned about shorter poses and gesture in Figure Drawing 1-3, we will explore some alternative approaches well-suited to longer poses. You’ll learn a precise measuring technique that will eventually allow you to be as accurate as you wish in any drawing! We will work through building a strong foundation or “block-in,” quickly mapping light and shadow, and moving forward into finished, fully-developed drawings with poses ranging from 40 minutes to three hours.

 

Figure 5: Advanced long pose rendering
Dates & Location: TBA
Prerequisites: Figure Drawing 1-4 or portfolio review

Description: This is a class about finessing your figure drawing skills, and it may be repeated as many times as you wish as your skill progresses. Now that you’ve acquired a versatile tool kit in Figure Drawing 1-4, you will put it to use in a relaxed atmosphere with ongoing personally-tailored instruction, feedback, and peer critiques. Poses will range from 40 minutes to 5 hours.



PORTRAIT DRAWING

 

Intro to Portrait Drawing: Proportion, form, and simplified features
Dates & Location: Thursdays Feb 21st - April 4th 2019, 6-9pm, SPQR Art Space (downtown Colorado Springs)
Tuition: $250 + $30 model fee
Prerequisites: none

Description: This six week course—the first in our five course Portrait Drawing series—is an introduction to drawing portraits from life (and photos), perfect both for those who have always wanted to try their hand at capturing a likeness, as well as more experienced drawers who are seeking a methodical approach to the human head and proportions, or who need a bit of review after some time away from charcoal and paper. We will focus on the basics in this class, with emphasis on conceptualizing the planes of the head and face as simplified forms and memorizing your own version of these “artistic abstractions.” Once equipped with strong recall for proportions, we will progress through an introduction to basic light and shadow and facial features.

To register or for course content questions, please email Robin via the contact page.

 

Portrait 2: Light and shadow
Dates & Location: Weekend Workshop, SPQR Art Space (downtown Colorado Springs)
Friday 5/24 6-9 pm
Saturday 5/25, 9am - 4pm (with a lunch break)
Sunday 5/26, 9am - 4pm (with a lunch break)
Tuition: $225 + model fee ($20)
Prerequisites: some previous portrait drawing experience

Description: This workshop portrait class offers an extended focus on building three dimensional form with light and shadow and careful attention to bone structure. We will draw on toned paper and cover some of the trickier aspects of reflected light, highlights and drop-offs, edges and transitions. We will take a look at each of the facial features as a simple three dimensional form with its own aspects of light and shadow, and touch on the elusive topic of drawing hair. The first evening will involve a review of (or introduction to) the parts of light and shadow, the difference between form and cast shadows, and specific techniques for “turning” form and soft/hard edges (no model). Saturday we will draw from two different models with poses ranging from 20-40 minutes. Sunday we will discuss some best practices for photographing people and take well-lit, high quality reference photos for self portraits (or you can swap with another student and draw each other), which we will then spend the remainder of the day working with—each student will have a finished portrait drawing to take home! 

To register or for course content questions, please email Robin via the contact page.

 

Portrait 3: Facial features
Prerequisites: Portrait Drawing 1-2 or portfolio review

Description: This course is continuation of the practices introduced in Intro to Portrait and Portrait Drawing 2, with an extended focus on facial features. We will learn, practice, and memorize the nuanced characteristics of eyes (brow, sockets, orbital, lids), noses (planes and nostrils), mouths (the “muzzle” and lip anatomy), ears, and hair. The goal is to build a flexible vocabulary and artistic short-hand for each of these features so that interpretation of individual characteristics becomes easier. This course involves longer, focused pose sessions and will equip you for more advanced drawing in Portrait Drawing 4 & 5.

 

Portrait 4: Long pose portrait
Dates & Location: TBA
Prerequisites: Portrait Drawing 1-3 or portfolio review

Description: This course is continuation of the practices introduced in Intro to Portrait and Portrait Drawing 1-3 with an emphasis on a strong, speedy, and methodical “block-in” that provides the foundation for a fully developed and rendered portrait. We will focus more attention on catching a likeness of the model, and discuss how to select (or eliminate) details for best effect. We will work on both white and toned paper with poses ranging from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

 

Portrait 5: Advanced long pose portrait rendering
Dates & Location: TBA
Prerequisites: Portrait Drawing 1-4 or portfolio review

Description: This is a class about finessing your portrait drawing skills, and it may be repeated as many times as you wish as your skill progresses. Now that you’ve acquired a versatile tool kit in Portrait Drawing 1-4, you will put it to use in a relaxed atmosphere with ongoing personally-tailored instruction, feedback, and peer critiques. While you work on a fully developed portrait drawing at home, in class we will focus on fun, rewarding details like skin types/ages, lively eyes, and glossy hair. Poses will range from 40 minutes to 5 hours.

 

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Testimonial:

This art class has been what I have always been looking for (I really do mean it)! Robin has such an amazing understanding of the human body, and weaves in the technical aspects that you need to understand both the logic and the drama that make a drawing come to life.

— Melinda (student)