Figure Drawing on Toned Paper
Congratulations! Everyone did such a great job in my Figure Drawing Class held at OA Gallery! In this class we had a lovely model pose for us.
She held a beautiful and graceful pose - we were very spoiled!
Early stages of the demonstration...I'm keeping the drawing soft and loose as I use powdered graphite and charcoal pencil to lay in the large shapes of the gesture.
The students were fantastic! They jumped right in!
They were up for the challenge working on the entire figure! Great class!
Emphasis was on using the paper as the midtone value, and the students added their light and dark values with white and black charcoal.
What great progress as the class starts laying in their gesture drawings!
Drawing demonstration is nearing completion.
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Drawing the Figure on Toned Paper
Drawing Fall Session 2017
Fridays, October 6 - November 10
10:00 am -12:00 noon
6-week session $175
model fee shared
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Award winning artist, Marie Donato is offering a figure and portrait drawing class with a live clothed model at OA Art Gallery in charming downtown Kirkwood. The address is 101A W. Argonne Dr. 63122
Because drawing from life is always the best, this session we will have a live clothed model to create our drawings. We will be drawing on toned paper, using black and white charcoal. This method will help you greatly with understanding value.
Using toned paper instead of white paper helps you to learn how to get your values correct, getting your darkest darks and lightest lights. This technique is centuries old going back to the Renaissance.
Marie will help you with design and composition, seeing values and shapes to help you get a likeness, and handling of edges to complete and refine your drawing.
With individualized one-on-one instruction, Marie will guide you through to completion of your drawing, meeting you at your own level and bringing you to the next level and beyond.
So set aside relaxing time for yourself and be inspired in the art-filled OA Art Gallery, located directly across from the Kirkwood train station.
Aspiring, beginning level artists to advanced level artists, are welcome! Learn about the beauty of drawing, how drawing is the foundation of all art and how it can stand on its own as a beautiful medium in its own right!
Join Marie's Fall Drawing Class as she shares the techniques and tips acquired over the years, and discover the joy of just creating!
Drawing Fall Session 2017
Fridays, October 6 - November 10
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Been having FUN! I had the good fortune to study with Tina Garrett in her studio in Lee's Summit, MO. Tina is a fantastic instructor, very warm and gracious! Learning from and spending time with, other artists is always a good thing. When I had the opportunity to study with Tina and squeeze it into my own teaching schedule, I "seized the day". Doing something for me, to expand my horizons was long overdue! Sadly the time just went too fast!
But Good News! I have invited Tina to give a workshop for my students and anyone else who loves to paint people. I will be hosting her workshop in April, 2018.
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Tina Garrett Workshop Info
I have the opportunity to bring artist Tina Garrett to teach here in St. Louis.
Tina is an Art Renewal Center ARC Associate Living Master and multiple award winning painter. You can see samples of her work at www.tinagarrett.com and below. She is available to teach here April 8, 9 & 10, 2018 9am to 4pm daily. The sign up fee, which you would pay to me, is $75 to cover model costs, etc. The workshop fee would be $300 per person paid directly to Tina on or before March 1st 2018. All fees are non refundable unless Tina cancels.
To make sure everyone has plenty of room and plenty of time with Tina there will be only 7 spots available total.
Thank you for helping me bring Tina to St. Louis!
P.S. I’m also looking for three models to pose for Tina’s morning demonstrations and again in the afternoon for the group to paint them. Models will pose for their head and neck portrait taking breaks every 20 minutes and have an hour lunch from noon to 1pm. Models are paid $10 per hour and will earn tips from the group painters. Please let me know if you are interested in modeling.
Starting Methods for Beginning Portraiture with Tina Garrett Sunday - Tuesday, April 8, 9 & 10, 2018 Tuition: $300 plus $75 model fee(All levels)
All levels are welcome to participate in this comprehensive study of oil painting starting methods with ARC (Art Renewal Center) Associate Living Master, Tina Garrett, including, open grisaille, accurate color wash, and Tina’s favorite, selective start. Students will learn to understand form, value, temperature, edges and composition as well as color mixing. She will demonstrate how to control your palette for accurate values and color and provide insights on posing the model, lighting and painting materials. Tina will demonstrate from the live model each morning and assist artists individually each afternoon and will share her philosophy on painting from photographs vs. painting from life.
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In Progress images of “The Teacher” 28x34 Oil, Selective Start Method. Recent Commission by artist Tina Garrett. Finished works shown below.
Pastel on board
24" x 16"
Watching the sky, as the sun rises in the morning, creates such a peace within; it is a time filled with quiet and hope. This favorite time of the day is the inspiration for my pastel painting Golden Lace.
For my model, I was fortunate to have a lovely, classically trained ballerina pose for me. She wore this beautiful and intricate white lace dress which inspired choosing a morning landscape that would echo nature's lace, for the background.
My hope is that the painting creates a calming, quiet moment full of hope.
Golden Lace, Visit OA Gallery to view this painting in downtown Kirkwood, Missouri.
Look at these drawings! Aren't they great?!
This is my recent drawing class held at OA Gallery. Several students told me this was their first drawing with graphite/charcoal! I was incredulous to say the least. What a great class. I am so proud of everyone!
Here is the portrait drawing of mine that I used as an example for this class, Drawing with a Touch of Color. Breaking up a pencil drawing with color, is a fun way to put a little zip into your drawings. For the pink sash in this drawing, I used coral and pink pastel pencils.
We focused on portraiture for this class. Drawing is so important and is always the foundation to any color medium. I teach drawing because I believe it can help artists greatly. Students in my class learn to see shapes and break down what they see abstractly. There is no gridding or tracing in my class at all!
The finished class artwork is below.
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Students of my pastel and watercolor classes joined me for a fun inspirational field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum's Degas' Exhibit!
Edgar Degas, "The Millinery Shop", 1879, oil on canvas
Edgar Degas, "Little Milliners", 1882, Pastel on paper
Luxurious lunch at the museum's beautiful Panorama Restaurant.
We couldn't help but be inspired for our next painting project. We were all so taken by the amazing exhibit...Shall we choose a still-life for our next painting?... Better yet, I asked, how about painting a still-life with HATS inspired by Degas?
So, yes, "The Millinery Shop" by Degas, was chosen for the inspirational painting and Degas was to be our mentor....Being influenced by the best!
We brought in our hats, hatstands, scarves and ribbons to make our still life display.
I asked the class to choose a part of the display that was pleasing to them to start their paintings, isolating a few favorite hats for their composition.
Look at the great progress!
Continued great progress!
Stay tuned for the final pastel and watercolor paintings.
Thank you to the St. Louis Art Museum for bringing together this exceptional exhibit,
"Degas, Impressionism & the Paris Millinery Trade".
Our class with their beautiful drawings! Amazing work and this was their first attempt drawing on toned paper!
Angie expressed how drawing on toned paper, started to all make sense to her once she put in the highlights with the white charcoal pencil. I love those 'aha' moments!
The final details and correction of values make all the difference. Fantastic Gerry!
Sarah's elegant figure drawing of a very challenging subject!
Here is the lovely portrait Andrea drew of her daughter. This class was a gift from Andea's husband, so she could have her very own designated time for art!
Oh what a lovely pose!
The dedication of the class shows in their successful portraits.
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This was my Portrait Drawing Demonstration for the class "Drawing on Toned Paper" held at OA Gallery. I was using black charcoal for the darker values and white charcoal for the highlights .
Learning to draw on toned paper using black and white charcoal, helps greatly in understanding value tones.
Here are some of the steps in drawing a portrait on toned paper. The drawing is started lightly in the beginning. When the likeness of the eyes are getting closer then I'll start to establish more of the darks. Until then I keep the pencil marks light in case I need to erase.
Here the dark values are established in the drawing. In a portrait the eyes will always have your darkest dark in the pupil of the eye and at the lashline.
Using toned paper instead of white paper helps you to obtain your darkest darks and lightest lights while letting the paper be your midtone value.
A white charcoal pencil is used to show the highlights.
This is the stage where values are checked and corrected. They help to show the three dimensional quality in the drawing.
The portrait demo is finished and ready to be put in a frame!
The portrait is complete! It can be viewed at OA Gallery in Kirkwood, MO.
Working on toned paper is a beautiful and classical way to draw, which dates back to the Renaissance.