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de Los Angeles-Figure Drawing is a Program

de Los Angeles-Figure Drawing


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Time: 7:00-10:15 pm 


Days: Thursdays


Course Number: #4157


Monthly Cost: $130


Course Description:


Students through drawing from observation with use of a series of exercises will develop the basic understanding and skills in drawing of the figure in space. In this class you will learn the various aspects of figure drawing by looking at old master and contemporary drawing techniques, and apply them. Students will be required to maintain a sketchbook for investigations into anatomy, drawing figures in natural settings and develop ideas. Drawing skills such as measuring, tone structure and composition. We will focus on understanding the figure as a volume through simplifying it to geometric shapes, rendering lights and darks and basic anatomy. Students will hand in a full portfolio with their best drawings for review.


· Students will use techniques in gesture to explore and communicate essential movements of the figure.

· Students will recognize and utilizes basic factors specific to the figure such as mass, axis, proportion, weight & balance, and basics of human anatomy such as skeleton, and muscles.

· Students will utilize a variety drawing methods & concepts such as line, shape, contour, value, and textural contrast. Further the use of negative space, figure/ground, plane and space.

· Learn & Practice methods to express the effects of the environment on the human body: Modeling, shading, hatching, and use of wash.

· Students will develop an understanding of the figure in context with other objects.

· Students will learn to use and understand a range of media such as pencil, charcoal, brush with ink, and gouache.

· A critical vocabulary, knowledge of the history of figure drawing in relation to contemporary practices and the ability to communicate their opinions

· Students will be able to understand the human body as a three dimensional organic form moving in space.

· Study and discuss old master and contemporary artists drawings in relation to various techniques use in class.

· Verbally explain major structures such as the skeleton, muscles and human proportion.

· Students will be able to recognize and identify the drawings styles of various artists

   Students will develop an understanding of proportion, anatomical, and expressive figure drawing in various media. Finally the goal is to have a clear understanding of the whole figure in space.


About the Instructor:

Maria de Los Angeles is a multidisciplinary artist who addresses ideas of migration, belonging, identity, and otherness through her drawing, painting, printmaking, and wearable art. She holds an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2015), a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (2013), and an Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College (2010). She was awarded the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize by Yale University (2015) for her artwork and her role in the community.


De Los Angeles has been an Artist in Residence at several notable institutions such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), El Museo del Barrio in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Mana Contemporary in New Jersey, Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, and the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, Oregon, where she had a solo exhibition in 2018. In 2019 she had a successful solo exhibition at the Museum of Sonoma County in her home town of Santa Rosa, CA. In 2019 the Museum of Sonoma County, her hometown, where she had a solo exhibition and curated a group show of works by ten artists in her art community.


Recent exhibitions include group shows with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Los Angeles County Museum, IPCNY, Every Woman Biennial, Self Help Graphics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, St. Johnʼs University, Robert Mann Gallery, and E.TAY Gallery. Current group  exhibitions with Pelham Art Center and The Interchurch Center.  


She participated in a panel discussion on xenophobia and deportation in America at Gavin Brown's Enterprise. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, NY Magazine, HelloGiggles, and The Observer. 




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