The human figure is perhaps the greatest vehicle for expression available to artists. In fact, there has been a resurgence among artists to place the beauty and complexity of the human form in context with emotional states in natural and surrealistic settings. With the figure as central theme, students utilize realistic drawing and painting methods to visually describe what it means to be human, with our collective thoughts, fears, passions and dreams. Through study of the nude model, human skeleton, natural objects and animal specimens from the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab, students strengthen their fundamental realistic rendering skills. We explore methods of achieving proportion, form, light and compositional balance. Students begin with drawing media, and then transition to water media, as they create art that places the figure with natural elements in a purposeful context to convey a deeper, symbolic meaning. The goal is a personal, artistic work that conveys the story of being human. This course accommodates varying levels of ability, from beginning to advanced.
Amy Bartlett Wright
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380