Miano advocates a painterly way to draw. Mass drawing is an essential prerequisite for tonal painting. It is an atmospheric way to draw which depends more on tone than line. A focus on large masses of tone and edges conceptually working in layers eases an artist’s progress into painting.
This session remains an important part of the program for progressing painters. It revolves around the simple idea that consistent practice in a forward moving direction yields fruitful results. Through specially designed exercises, students improve their ability to see as artists and translate what they see onto a two-dimensional plane. Many principles of painting are learned through the consistent practice of mass drawing including but not limited to: shape, tone, edge, form, proportion, structure, rhythm, balance, gesture, anatomy, design and composition. All of these ideas are more readily grasped when a student does not have the added complication of color and paint handling. By improving one’s charcoal skills, one naturally improves painting skills.