The intense 4-week course began in the SACI drawing studio with studies on gesture and moving action drawing using sheets of newsprint and charcoal. Several sessions of life drawing with live models helped the students understand form and anatomy, with some figural studies also done using watercolor. They learned to use long bamboo canes to draw or paint at a distance. They did pastel drawings in the SACI garden.
After an introduction to contour line drawing, the class went outside for an on-site field trip to Piazza Signoria to draw with gestures and contours from the Mannerist sculptures of Giambologna, using proportions established with the pencil.
At another on-site trip to the Academia Gallery, they made sustained studies directly from Michelangelo’s statue of David using gesture, contour, and shading with tracing paper. At the La Specola Museum, the students studied more anatomy from detailed wax models.
On-site drawing at the Boboli Gardens gave the class an opportunity to draw the landscape in black and white tonal values. Gestural chalk drawings were also done from a distance looking toward Florence’s cityscape using colored tonal values from the picturesque view at the monastery of San Miniato al Monte. Perspective was studied on-site in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, just a two-minute walk from SACI.
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