Portrait Drawing With Stephen Bauman
In making representational artworks, skill in terms of accuracy and design, are fundamental to perfection in drawing or sculpture. This course is designed to strengthen the student’s visual relationship with three-dimensional form, allowing you to confront portraiture, and eventually to draw and scuplt with accuracy and clear intent.
Students will be working during the first half of the day with graphite pencils and will be guided through the process of toning their own paper during the drawing portion of the workshop. There will be an introduction to a variety of drawing papers available and the ways these can be toned by hand.
Portrait anatomy and structure are studied from various points of view, with particular attention paid to the anatomical construction of its parts: the skull, ear, eye, nose and mouth. The class will work on one long pose- focusing on structure, proportion, line quality, light impression and atmosphere. Students will receive daily individual critiques to help guide them towards a fully resolved and accurate drawing.
During this course we will work from the model(s) presented from a variety of viewpoints: profile, full front, three-quarter, reconstructing both the anatomy and the psychology of the sitter. Here the study of expression is undertaken to convey mood and personality.
-Drawing materials, pencils, erasers, stumps…
-Organizing light and shadow
-How to see values in context
-Integrating the figure into the background
-How to key a drawing -Form vs. atmosphere
-Where artistic choices are made
-Planes of the head
-Major anatomical features
-Structure and make up of the facial features
Thumbnail image: Stephen Bauman, “Maids of Bond Street,” Graphite and charcoal on Paper, 2017
30 hours full instruction by individual critique with a break for lunch 1-2pm. Teaching hours are all with the model.
Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced welcome
Maximum enrollment 14 students
Studio access 9:00pm-6:00pm
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1980 Stephen Bauman’s family soon after that relocated to Miami, Florida, where he followed his older brother into the world of graffitti. His early exposure to this art, the constant presence of paints and sketchbooks in his childhood home, and frequent trips to local walls and warehouses, provided the younger Bauman with a strong foundation of the basics of design and drawing.
But it was the years he spent from 2003 to 2009 studying and later teaching at The Florence Academy of Art that enabled him to make a tremendous leap as an artist. His instructors taught him to look at the human figure, and to see beauty in its proportions, to not, for example, draw the eyes and nose as distinct elements of the face, but to study the structures and anatomy of the head, to draw the “atmosphere” around the model. They taught him to see all over again. Following his studies at the academy, he began to teach there. He began passing on the principles he learned from his instructors, the classical traditions of the craft of painting, to the next generation of painters coming to Florence in search of an artist’s training.
Since graduating, Stephen continues to grow as an artist – closely examining the works of artists he most admired: Dagnan Bouveret, Jules Bastien-Lepage, and Andrew Wyeth, among others. He is currently a Principal Instructor in Mölndal, and is represented by The Grenning Gallery and Hersh Fine Art in Long Island, NY, and Jack Meier Gallery in Houston.
See more of Stephen’s work in the Alumni Gallery and at www.stephenbaumanartartwork.com
The Florence Academy of Art US Branch
Address: 888 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ
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 on June 1. No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.
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