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5-Day Figure Drawing Workshop with Mackenzie Swenson


with Mackenzie Swenson

Calendar Mar 25, 2019 at 9 am

Figure Drawing with Emphasis on Structure and Conceptualized Form

Over a period of five days, students will create a figure drawing from life on toned paper using graphite, charcoal, and white chalk. They will be guided through the process clearly and methodically. This will include a discussion of how to analyze the pose before beginning, how to create a block-in that emphasizes gesture, accurate proportion and key structural and anatomical points, and finally how to render the form based on the light source and a sculptural understanding of the model. Class size is limited to 10 participants. 

March 25-29, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1-hour lunch break at 12:00) $500 for entire workshop. Limit 10 students. 

Materials List: 

  • Drawing Board
  • Artists Tape or Masking Tape
  • Knitting needle or skewer for measuring
  • Black mirror/mirror
  • General's Charcoal
  • Pencils: Medium and Hard
  • General's White Chalk
  • Pencils, Staedtler or brand of choice: 1x2B, 2xB, 2xHB, 2xH, 2x2H, 1x4H
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Mono ROUND Zero Pencil Eraser
  • Xacto Knife (for sharpening)
  • Sanding Block
  • 1 Sheet of toned Aristico Fabriano Hot Press 140lb watercolor paper, cut down to 18"x 24" (Suggested tone: watered down sepia ink, applied in broad strokes with a brush at least 4 inches in width. One or two coats is sufficient.)
  • Other 18x24 Paper: for backing and studies

Mackenzie Swenson (b. 1992) currently resides in New York City as an artist and instructor. She is a 2018 graduate of the Grand Central Atelier core program, having previously studied at The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. Mackenzie is a 2015 Hudson River Fellow and 2017 Resident of the La Napoule Art Foundation in France. Mackenzie is the recipient of many awards and scholarships including the Alice M. Stolpe Foundation, the Grand Central Atelier, the Morris and Alma Shapiro Fund, and a first place scholarship from the Art Renewal Center. She has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, including Eleventh Street Arts and Robert Simon Fine Art in New York City. Mackenzie's work hangs in collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Own Your Story: Finding Your Audience


with Joy Wolfe

Calendar Apr 6, 2019 at 10 am

Part II in a lecture series for artists looking for the next step.

Joy will help you navigate the many choices coming at you to manage your art career. Who is your audience? How do you find the patrons looking for your style of painting? How do you catalogue, frame and display your art? Joy’s experience comes from the patron side and helps guide you with her knowledge from the many people she has sold art to and the comments that collectors have shared with her in the thirty five years she has been involved in the arts. She will provide a comprehensive look at what is needed to build and present yourself as an emerging artist in todays art market.

Joy Wolfe has collected, appraised and represented the arts for over thirty five years. She has had the pleasure of working alongside artists at every level and now chooses to work with emerging artists who are looking to grow their art into a business. Her passion is to help artists be known while they are living and help develop a program to educate and inspire people about the importance art has in our lives and our culture and cultivate the next generation of patrons of the arts.

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