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DeMartin-The Basic Elements of Classical Figure Drawing is a Program

DeMartin-The Basic Elements of Classical Figure Drawing


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Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 


Day(s): Monday


Course Number: #9044


Monthly Cost: $145


Course Description 


This virtual life drawing class presents an opportunity for the artist to make a thorough study of the human figure while highlighting the basic principles of perspective, geometry and anatomy. We’ll begin with the geometric solids that will help the artist visualize the human figure in three-dimensions. Starting with the geometric construction of the cube, the cylinder, the sphere, the tapered & flared form (bowling Pin or similar), and then progressing to the plaster cast of the figure or parts of the figure. 


Learning the universal structural principles, beginning with simple forms and proceeding to more complex forms is essential for the artist to confidently draw the human figure accurately in three-dimensional space. The understanding of volume as a foundation for the modeling of form is vital in classical art, whether it be drawing, painting or sculpture. These techniques are primarily rooted in Renaissance, Baroque and 18th Century classical figurative art. 




The student is responsible for obtaining a cube, cylinder, sphere and a bowling pin or similar tapered & flared form (many on Ebay). All preferably light gray, recommended Golden Artist Colors N7 Neutral Gray Acrylic Paint 


• The Cube–no smaller than 4” (wooden, plastic) 

• The Sphere–no smaller than 4” (wooden, plastic, rubber) 

• The Cylinder– no smaller than 4” (cardboard, wooden, plastic) 

• The Bowling Pin or similar from–wooden, plastic) 




• General charcoal pencils (or similar) in medium, or Wolff’s carbon pencil B 

• Single edge razor blades or mat knife where the blade can be retracted? 

• Kneaded eraser 

• 18” x 24” Rough Newsprint Pad 

• 18” x 24” sheets of Strathmore 400 

• Drawing Board with pad clamps 


*Any plaster cast of quality is suitable, whether it’s a feature, head/mask, torso or full figure. 


Recommended cast resource is–


About the Instructor

Jon deMartin's work centers on the human figure within an environment with an emphasis on 16– 18th century drawing techniques, but applied to contemporary subject matter. He stresses the importance of drawing from both life and the imagination as the ultimate goal in composition and picture making. 

Jon’s work has been reproduced in publications such as ‘The Classicist’, Classical Drawing Atelier’, ‘Lessons in Classical Drawing’, Watson-Guptil Publications. ‘Star Wars Art: Visions’, (Abrams Publication), and the ‘Classical Life Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing’, Sterling Publications. He has written and illustrated over twenty-five articles on classical figure drawing technique for ‘Drawing Magazine’. His work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector. 


He has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, the John Pence gallery (including a solo show), the Arnot Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Florence Griswald Museum, the Beijing World Art Museum, and the exhibit ‘Contemporary American Realism’. 


DeMartin has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty-years at schools including the Arts Students League, the Grand Central Academy of Art, the Janus Collaborative School of Art and Studio Incamminati. He is the author of Drawing Atelier THE FIGURE: how to draw in the classical style, which has been translated into Chinese and French. 

You can follow Jon on Instagram– jondemartin and website–