Drawing is the foundation of our course and central to good painting and sculpture. Our course is divided into two parts: line drawing and tonal drawing.
In line drawing we teach proportion, gesture and correct shapes, using ‘sight size’ and comparative measurements. In the study of contour, a high degree of accuracy is obtained, along with the ability to describe the figure by the simplest of means. Students start by preparing a series of drawings, defining the figure from a few lines, to approach the full realisation of form.
Our approach to tonal drawing is based on the association between drawing and painting. We focus on the simple reduction of tone into mass and three sets of values from light, to middle, to dark, demonstrating how patterns of light and shadow reveal form and how this prepares one for painting.
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