Saturday, June 13, 2009

Now on Monday evenings, we bring you the Summer session of "How to Draw Real Live People"....

Summer Session 2009 is on Monday nights downstairs in the La Grange Art League Gallery from 6:30-9:00 pm -- this is a totally new day and time and studio space, angled for teens through adults for an older and more mature "all ages" format, with more determined emphasis on portfolio-building and producing finished works for exhibition. This is an ideal intensive course for younger artists who are developing a greater interest in 'drawing people' realistically, as well as for more-experienced artists seeking to hone their observational skills and focus on the finer points of getting a convincing likeness.

We will cover anatomy, proportions and the figure-drawing canons; light/shadow rendering and creative use of color (crayon, colored pencil, pastels and oil pastels); arranging and extracting poses; conveying personality through visual details, and creating dynamic portraits using live sittings, photographs, imagination and everyday character observation. Bring a large (at least 11" x 14") sketchbook, drawing pencils and two-pocket folder, plus your own drawing pencils, colored pencils, crayons and/or pens if desired — in-classroom supplies will be provided; full/optional supplies list available in gallery.

Classes run 8 weeks, from June 15 to August 3. For further details and downloadable PDF registration form, go to - or register via telephone or in person at the La Grange Art League, 122 Calendar Avenue, La Grange, IL 60525; Telephone: 708-352-3101.

About the Instructor

Kagen Aurencz Zethmayr has been active as a freelance artist for over twenty years, doing everything from concert/theatre programs to commissioned portraits to period costume design. Education includes Columbia College Chicago (BA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with prior experience as a staff artist for The Lion and Menagerie at Lyons Township H.S. Personal artistic emphasis: creating/showing character and mood as effectively as possible, whatever the scene.

"How to Draw Real Live People" - fullsize flier (Summer 2009).

"How to Draw Real Live People" - quarter-size handbill (Summer 2009).

Also posted to Starving Artists' Forum (on both Facebook and YahooGroups) and the Aureantes' Realm portfolio/career updates group.

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