Introduction to Pencil Drawing

Wednesdays, June 19 - August 7, 2019  6 pm - 9 pm

Studio Incamminati, 340 N 12th St., Philadelphia PA

Tel.: 215 592 7910

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This course will be divided into 3 units of study: Bargue linear copies, the Cast and Still Life Drawing. One of the main focuses of this class is to study proportions, that are a major component of all drawing and painting. The better one is at this skill, the easier painting and drawing will be in a future.

In the beginning of the course Charles Bargue drawing plates will be the reference to study fundamental skills. Learning to "see" angles, tilts and points across a flat 2-D surface will lead to a more accurate judgment of proportion (height to width).

Once these linear skills of proportion are acquired, students will then apply them to drawing from life using the cast and still life objects. They will build upon the Charles Bargue technique and advance to learn how to "block in" simple masses of flat value.

In the next part of the course, students will progress from flat shapes into fully realized cast objects. They will study the abstract relationships between line, proportion, shape, planes, mass, and value.

Final still life drawings will be composed from simple objects, and students will explore the relative value.

The purpose of this course is to assist students in developing understanding of a step by step drawing process and technical skills, required in drawing from life.

Alla Prima Portrait Painting Registration ended

Wednesdays, September 20 - November 29 , 2017  6 pm -9 pm 

Studio Incamminati, 340 N 12th St., Philadelphia PA

Tel.: 215 592 7910

For more info, click here:


In this class the emphasis will be on exploring in depth concepts essential to mastering the technique of a direct (wet-on-wet) painting.  Although the class is specifically geared towards a portrait painting, the methodologies I teach can be successfully utilized with any subject matter, style and medium.

Students study all the stages of a painting process executing quick-sketch heads (1-2 per class). 

The course begins with duotone exercises.  The focus is on studying structure and plains of the head in order to recognize and locate abstract shapes quickly and efficiently as students navigate the human head.  

The next set of exercises is done with use of a limited color palette.  Students build up special relationships of lights and darks and mid values, learn to recognize soft and hard edges and how to bring attention to the most important areas of the painting.

As the class progresses, students utilize a full color palette and search for abstract color shifts of a flesh and an environment under warm, cool and combined lighting.  They also learn how to enhance colors of setups utilizing color gels. They bring a painting to a complete statement with a painterly approach. 

Instructions are given at the students' easels and through demonstrations.

This class is designed for painters of all levels of experience.

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