Mikaela is a five year student at VYAS. She became a teaching assistant in 2019 and instructs the pre-teen atelier class.
One of the exercises we do at the atelier is to do memory drawing. Spencer is a teaching assistant and instructs the pre-teens.
Stephanie used the medium of charcoal to draw this complex anatomical mask from life. Artist: Jean Antoine Houdon. Neoclassical.
This full head replica sculpture was drawn by Maggie a senior in High School. This is a particularly complex cast to draw and Maggie was very successful in her execution. Sculpture by Skopas, 480 B.C. Greek
Kate has accomplished a very complex hand from the 18th Century drawing program we use at the studio. The Bargue copy work is an important part of the critical skills we teach at the atelier.
Students have the opportunity to draw several casts from direct observation. This cast is the actual ear from Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni's Statue of "David."
Students start with the most basic of shapes and learn to see how light falls over the object or objects.
Our new students draw basic forms like the Sphere or Cone. Learning the classic order of light is important to their understanding of the value system.
Great Cone by Sophia.
Another one of the wonderful Bargue drawings our students can take home to work on. Once students do one or two Bargue drawings with instruction in the studio they can take them home and work throughout the week. These drawings become part of their portfolio.
This Rabbit is a full in the round subject. A challenge because of the variety of angles and shadow patterns. Excellent drawing by Owen.
Yeat's notes during the summer workshop.
Students are encouraged to create the most interesting set up. We ask them to include the shadow pattern as part of the entire dark mass design. Abby created a very interesting challenge by turning the handle toward her.
This fleur-de-lis is a stylized lily. Associated with the French Monarchy in historical context. It represents core, cast, and bounced light. The artist must learn to see the differences between them all.
Learning to see is what we teach our students. We are looking for the big abstract masses of light and dark first.
Once students understand basic forms we try to change it up a bit to keep things interesting. Birds and animals are a great way to keep it fun for the kids. We do not allow them to work in color because we want them to learn to see value very well first.