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A Sense of Drawing

Open Figure Drawing, a community-based drawing group, teams up with Syracuse University to offer "A Sense of Drawing: Artists Teaching Artists."

Now in its third year, the event brings together 10 of the area's top artists and art educators to lead two days of lessons, workshops, and demonstrations on figurative drawing, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. May 16 and 17 at Shaffer Art Building on the SU campus.

Open Figure Drawing was founded in 1989 to offer people of all abilities a chance to draw from a live model on an inexpensive, drop-in basis. The group's weekly drawing sessions take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at the Westcott Community Center. In addition to this non-instructional offering, the group organizes special instructional events, such as the one taking place at Syracuse University.

A Sense of Drawing underscores the University's willingness to work with community groups to advance the arts. It also reflects a local effort to advance the figure drawing renaissance taking place through community art groups across the country.

This year's event promises several highlights. Portrait artist William Benson, of Ithaca, surveys figurative drawing through the ages, then shows how to master measurement and proportion. David Cowles, a Rochester-based caricaturist for national magazines, introduces his cubist approach to caricature. And Tom Mazzullo, an independent studio artist from Utica, brings to life the time-honored technique of silverpoint on prepared papers.

Any artist interested in drawing the human form will find instruction, inspiration, and guidance in this concentrated program.

The program costs $60 for both days in advance, or $35 per day at the door. To register, visit the Web site, openfiguredrawing.com, or call 475-3400.

Presenters come from the following locations:

William Benson of Ithaca, Carolyn Berry of Fayetteville, David Cowles of Rochester, Joanne Gilbert of Cazenovia, Iver Johnson of Syracuse, Tom Mazzullo of Utica, Donalee Peden Wesley of Baldwinsville

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