Figurative Drawing at SU May 15 - 16

"A Sense of Drawing: Figure Drawing Workshops" gathers 12 of the region's top artists and art educators to lead two days of lessons, workshops, and demonstrations on figurative drawing. May 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 5:15 PM, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University.

Now in its fourth year, the event is produced by Open Figure Drawing, a non-profit drawing group for people of all abilities. Cost: $60 for both days in advance; $35 each day at door. Register at openfiguredrawing.com or call 475-3400.

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. Drawing sessions every Wednesday, 7 -- 10 PM, at the Westcott Community Center, corner of Westcott and Euclid Aves.

This year, the group has celebrated its 20th anniversary with a variety of special events, including drawing sessions at the Syracuse University Michelangelo exhibit and at the NY State Fair's Pan African Village, plus travelling sessions at venues around the community.

Highlights include keynote speaker Jerome Witkin. The Syracuse University painting professor discusses the qualities of drawing. Ithaca portraitist William Benson leads master classes on gesture drawing and proportion. Donalee Peden-Wesley, known for her figurative works of animals, leads a workshop on large-format drawing. Poet and SU painting professor Michael Sickler offers a workshop, "The Archeology of Soul: Digging into the Figure for a Deeper Level of Content." There are 12 workshops, three presentations, and many chances to draw from live models.

Advance cost for both days is $60, or $35 per day at the door. To register, go to openfiguredrawing.com or call 475-3400.

A Sense of Drawing: Figure Drawing Workshops

Workshop Descriptions, 2009

Friday, May 15

(Keynote Presentation)

Qualities of Drawing

Jerome Witkin is considered one of America's most important living figurative artists for his penetrating psychological portraits and haunting political narratives.

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