Portrait Drawing from Life and Anatomy with Janne Jääskeläinen
Students will take part in an in-depth study of the portrait from multiple perspectives, spending half day in a lecture-demonstration-exercise format and half day working from the live model. Course instructor, Janne Jääskeläinen, is a Florence Academy graduate and former Director of Anatomy and Ecorché Sculpture.
During each morning session, Janne will cover a wide variety of topics related to portrait drawing including basics of pictorial composition, the structure of the skull and facial features, understanding light and form, controlling focus, and the specifics involved in composing each individual facial feature. The progression of daily topics provides the students an understanding of how to render a convincing portrait from life and at the same time guides them in intelligently designing their drawings by careful selection based on the live model, anatomy and composition tools used by the old masters.
During the afternoon sessions students will then apply the newly acquired information and skills while drawing a portrait from life using the sight size method of measurement and charcoal and white chalk.
Instruction in English by lecture, demonstration and individual critique.
Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced levels welcome
30 hours of instruction / 15 hours with the portrait model
Maximum enrollment 12 students
Discounted art supplies. Students receive a materials list in their acceptance packet. Materials may be purchased in advance directly from a Florentine art supply store called, Zecchi. Students will find their supplies waiting for them in their studio upon arrival in Florence.
Janne Jääskeläinen was born in 1986 in Espoo, Finland. Throughout his youth he had a passion for realism in the visual arts and experimented in various media ranging from drawing and painting to digital animation. In 2007 he moved to Florence to study the traditional skills in oil painting and sculpture. After graduating The Florence Academy of Art he stayed at the academy working as a principal instructor and as the director of anatomy and ecorché sculpture. In 2016 Janne returned to Finland where he continues painting and returns for occasional teaching trips to the FAA campuses in Sweden and Florence.
See more of Janne’s work in the Alumni Gallery or at www.jannejart.com
ADDRESS: Via Aretina 293 – Florence
Minimum enrollment requirement for all studio workshops is 5. Students will be notified if this number is not reached 60 days before the first day of class. At that time, they will be given the choice of either enrolling in another workshop, availability permitting, or having their payment refunded. Students may continue to apply to workshops even after the deadline and through the first day of the course.
The Florence Academy of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors of any course at the last minute or during the session. Once you apply and are accepted, you will receive an acceptance packet via email with information on housing, materials and payment of the non-refundable deposit due immediately to hold your place. The balance must be received two months before the first day of class. No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.
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