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The Key West Art Center is happy to have Lothar Speer return as our figure drawing instructor, this time on Zoom as our inaugural virtual art instructor. Lothar studied at The National Academy of The Fine Arts, Vienna, where he received The Johannes Fueger Medal, a European distinction in the field of figure drawing. He received his BFA from Chicago's Loyola University and his MFA from Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. His work was shown internationally as well as in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Washington and the Governors' Offices of Illinois and Pennsylvania.
His teaching is based on the classical drawing curriculum of The French Academy in Paris from the 19th century which aims at visual acuity and a methodical drawing process that delivers results. It promotes a simple and powerful way of constructing a drawing by measuring, applying angles, negative and positive shapes, and the proportionality of shapes, while expressing the rhythm, weight and flow of form. Although this is not an anatomy course per se, as a former instructor of Anatomy for Artists, Lothar will be glad to share his anatomical knowledge of the human figure when the occasion arises.
This workshop is an introduction to this powerful tradition for artists of all levels. Lothar has been teaching the figure for over three decades and delights in adjusting his feedback to each student's level and needs. He considers figure drawing the royal road to learning how to draw anything. The principles learned here are universal and can be applied to any subject matter and develop skill which is the prerequisite for powerful personal artistic expression.
$130.00 payable to Key West Art Center, (305) 294-1241 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
ZOOM ORIENTATION SESSION
Workshop participants are requested to join a 30 minute orientation session the day before the first class to familiarize themselves with the ZOOM platform. Rita Walter is the KWAC technical consultant for this workshop and will guide this information session along with the artist. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and learn about ZOOM at this time. During the actual workshop, students are asked to make technical inquiries in the chat room that Mrs. Walter will host for this purpose so that teaching will not be interrupted.
12:45 PM Participants Congregate
1:00 PM Demo; Block-In 30'
1:30 PM Student Work, Block-In 30'
2:00 PM Instructor Feedback 15'
(Participants hold up their work to their lens...instructor comments verbally)
2:15 PM Five minute break
2:20 PM Demo - Refinement of Block-In Contour 30'
2:50 PM Student Work - Refinement of Block-In 30'
3:20 PM Instructor Feedback 15-20'
(Participants email or text their drawings to Rita Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org, who in turn will import them to ZOOM for in-depth annotated digital instructor feedback.)
3:40 PM Students continue to refine their contour work.
12:45 PM Participants congregate
1:00 PM Demo: Quick Sketches 15'
1:15 PM Student Work: Quick Sketches 15'
1:30 PM Break: Students email their quick sketches to Rita Walter at email@example.com, 10'. Participants hold up their drawing to their lens to share with the class. Instructor does not critique quick sketches as they are warm up exercises.
1:40 PM Demo: Shading 30'
2:20 PM Break Five Minutes
2:25 PM Student Work: Shading 35'
3:00 PM Student Work: Refinement of Block-In 30'
3:20 PM Instructor Feedback: 15-20'
(Participants will email or text their drawings to Rita Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will import them to ZOOM for in-depth annotated digital instructor feedback.)
3:40 PM Students continue to work on their drawings
3:55 PM Students lift their drawings to the lens to share with everyone the souvenir from their journey
In order to provide a comfortable and enjoyable learning experience, time blocks are open to change upon student feedback.
-Vine Charcoal, preferably Nitram-Fusain, but any brand will do
(a) hot pressed (smooth) white or off-white heavy museum stock, preferably 100 pd and above, watercolor or printing stock
(b) same paper type, just toned, mid-tone gray or cool or warm earth tones
- Easel (Optional)
- Kneaded Eraser
- An assortment of small and midsize rounds and flats (#2, 4, 6 brushes)
- A few rags
- HB/2B/6B Pencil
- Charcoal Sandpaper Pad
- Exacto or Carpet Knife
- White Charcoal or White Conte Crayons
- Off-White Warm and Cool White Chalks
- Odorless Spray Fix