Portrait Drawing Intensive with Dan Thompson ~ April 1-2, 2017
This structured, two—day long (approximately a 8 hour pose) course will offer students a unique opportunity to engage, interpret and create a compelling drawing of the head and shoulders from life. Throughout the development of the long pose drawing, participants will be guided—by means of descriptions and demonstrations—on planar head landmarks, light and tonal effects on the flesh, construction and how perspective alters the appearance of structure, comprehending/interpreting form through dynamic mark making and expressive feature drawing. Criticism will exist in the form of lecture demonstrations (for planning and troubleshooting) and in one on one exchanges.
Dan Thompson has been awarded extensively for his artwork, receiving the Grand Prize for Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art, two Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, as well as many others. He has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center.
Dan Thompson co-founded two schools of Art in New York, NY: The Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art. Mr. Thompson has served on the MFA faculty of the New York Academy of Art for fifteen years; he is both a faculty member of Studio Incamminati and an associate of the Artistic Advisory Committee.
Dan Thompson’s work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The John Noble Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol and Beijing’s World Art Museum. To read further, please visit DanThompsonArt.com.
Graphite Pencil: Mitsu-Bishi “Hi-Uni” graphite drawing pencils (4H, 2H, HB, H, F, B, 2B, 4B) or
Tombow Mono 100 graphite drawing pencils;
Strathmore 400 white/cream drawing paper, 18×24” (brown cover, 80lb. weight);
OPTIONAL: 1 sheet of Strathmore 500 series, 2—ply, 23×29”, Bristol vellum (not plate)
A variety of clips for securing paper
- The Human Figure, Vanderpoel, John. H. The Inland Press, Chicago, 1907 (available on Dover Publications, New York, 1958)
- The Practice and Science of Drawing, Speed, Harold. Seeley, Service and Co. Ltd., London, 1917. (also available on Dover Publications, New York, 1972)
- Draftsman’s Handbook, Keller, Deane G. Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 2003
- The Art of Seeing and Painting, Hensche, Henry. Portier Gorman Publications, 1988.
- Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist, Peck, Stephen Rogers. Oxford University Press, 1951
- Modeling and Sculpting the Human Figure, Lanteri, Eduard. Dover Publications, Inc. 1986 (originally published 1911)