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Figure, Portrait, En Plein Air, Monday Open Session
Portrait Sculpture Workshop with Mardie Rees, NSS, 2024
Are you looking to enhance your skills and understanding of the human form? Are you searching for a community of artists to who value learning in a creative atmosphere? Come study with us. We have a passion for learning and teaching and are very interested in helping you reach your goals for your work. Beginning, Intermediate, advanced professionals welcome.
Location: Vosler Atelier
330 Pauls Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511
813-417-5867 for more information
Enroll top right of Homepage to book online
Adults and Mature Teens
$410 per week (Supplies included)
June 5-9, 2023
June 12-16, 2023
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 45 minutes for lunch
Instructor: YEATS IHRIG
Yeats is a graduate of the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy.
After four years in Italy he moved to France to continue his
studies at the American University of Paris and earned a BA in
Comparative Literature (with a minor in Fine Arts) three years later.
See more of Yeats’s art and read the entire bio at Yeats Ihrig Website.
June 5-9 Torso - Front of Trunk
Model modestly covered
This workshop will focus on a practical approach to drawing the torso from the front, including the chest, abdomen, hips, and shoulders. First, students will familiarize themselves with the skeleton and musculature of the trunk by copying simplified diagrams. Next, students will examine Old Master drawings to understand how they applied this basic anatomical knowledge to describe the masses of the human figure clearly and effectively. After learning these simplified forms, students will use them in their own drawings from observation. Study from a plaster cast will help students better understand the orientation of the forms of the torso in three-dimensional space and will introduce them to strategies for communicating believable, expressive poses. Finally, drawing from the live model will offer the students the opportunity to put these lessons into practice.
June 12-16 Torso - Back of Trunk
This second workshop will focus on a practical approach to drawing the torso from the back, including the neck, shoulders, and the upper and lower back. Students will again familiarize themselves with the skeleton and musculature of the back by copying simplified diagrams. Students will then examine Old Master drawings to understand how they applied this basic anatomical knowledge to describe the masses of the back clearly and effectively. This will be followed by drawing from observation, including plaster casts and the live model. Study from the cast will help students better understand the orientation of the forms of the back in three-dimensional space and will introduce them to strategies for communicating believable, expressive poses. Finally, life drawing will offer the students the opportunity to put these lessons into practice.
Students may enroll in one or both workshops. Students will receive a more detailed schedule of events one week prior to workshop.
Students will bring bag lunch from home. Water is provided.
Cancelation policy: $50 non-refundable within 10 days of workshop.
September Wednesday Evening
Structural Figure Drawing
Dates will be announce soon
Instructor: Kerry Vosler
Monday Night Open Studio *Please send a text if you are planning to come 813-417-5867
$10 per person each Monday *Cash preferred Students $8
6-9 PM Model September 12th, Victoria
2023 to be announced.
*Clothed, costumed, nude
Under 18 need written permission from a parent to attend when models are nude.
This is an uninstructed studio open to the public. Easels and taboret first come first served.
All levels and all media welcome. Oil painters must have closed (no glass) containers of gamsol or no odor turpentine.
History of the Open Studio
Open studios originated in the salons of 17th Century Paris, such as the Hôtel de Rambouillet and the gatherings of intellectuals and artists hosted by Madame de Scudéry. An open studio is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation & encouragement. Photos of models only with express permission. Models determine fees for photos.
To be announced
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
$150 Model fee included
Beginning to Intermediate
Professionals who want to brush up on anatomy.
Learning to draw the portrait is really about understanding the entire skull, neck and shoulders. This course is six weeks long so we can focus on the skull, anatomy and the simplification of planes of the head in the first few classes. Before tonal value relationships it is imperative that we learn to construct the head with understanding. Before the details everyone loves to do first we must accurately state the gesture and proportions of the head through direct observation of the model. The first part of this course will focus more on line and the second on massing with the medium of charcoal. More instruction on muscles and features will be given at the end of this course. Easels and taboret provided.
Supply List. *Find on Amazon, Cheap Joes, Blick Tampa
Strathmore 400 series 18 x 24
Clip board or masonite 20x25 or more to support pad.
Nitram 5 Fusains B Box (Soft, light)
Generals primo 59-3B (Med value)
Generals Elite Grande #5000 (Dark)
Kneaded eraser (generals brand or favorite)
old brush or blending stumps.
En Plein Air
To be announced
9:00 AM - Noon
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This will be a regular Saturday en plein air (landscape) class. In the coming months we will focus on more complex subject matter such as landscape, clouds & sky, buildings, figure and portrait in landscape. Getting to know our colors and techniques with the palette knife and brushes will be an important starting point. This class is for beginners, intermediate and advanced plein air painters. Kerry will work with you at your easel at your level.
This October course will focus on impressionist color theory. Painting from colorful still life setups in our yard outdoors artists will gain knowledge of the unique characteristics of each color on their palette. With each new still life we will explore how to organize and simplify the still life. Shapes, values, color saturation and temperature along with edge work will be discusses and demonstrated by Kerry in the medium of oil. A full list of supplies will be available upon registration. Artists may work with a minimal or a full palette of colors. In inclement weather we will have access to our atelier upstairs. Bathrooms are just inside the building. Pastel and watercolorist are welcome. Supplies upon registration.
Portrait Sculpture Workshop
Mardie Rees, NSS
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuition: $725.00 includes model fee
All levels welcome
More details upon registration.
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We are excited to be bringing back our Master Workshop with award winning sculptor, Mardie Rees. This is a great opportunity to work with a career sculptor. Recommended for both painters and sculptors.
Learn to sculpt the portrait and capture likeness and personality in clay. Students will sculpt two portraits at half life-size in water clay on a fixed armature, while working from a live model. Instruction will include an introduction to tools and techniques, proportions, structural anatomy, and learning to closely observe the nuances of the human face. Each student will begin by first massing in the shape of the skull, and learn to incorporate facial features in relation to this structure. Instruction will include demos, brief lectures, and individual feedback throughout the class. By the end of the session, each student will have created two portraits (approx. 7 x 4") from live models.
Aluminum Calipers 12”
Armature: 7 x 7" piece of plywood with 6" dowel (available to buy for $25)
Water or oil clay (approximately 24 lbs)
Wooden sculpting tools: Chisel edge, Rounded edge, Ridged edge, Loop Tools
Spray Bottle (water clay)
Wet rag (water clay)
Plastic bag & rag