Understanding Anatomy: Figure Drawing for Artists

– the artist can draw the human form without knowledge of its bones and muscles, but he does it much better, and much more quickly and surely, when equipped with such knowledge.Ernest E. Seton Thompson

In this one-day intensive workshop students will be guided through the process of applying anatomical knowledge to their figure drawings.

  • Instruction will focus on the skeleton and muscles of the human body that are important anatomical landmarks for figurative artists.
  • Examples of these landmarks will be shown through anatomical references as well as looking at traditional figure drawings.
  • Tips on how to identify and use these key points on the model will be discussed.
  • Then methods of how to apply this knowledge effectively into the drawings will  demonstrated.
  • During the day, participants will have the opportunity to work on two different poses with a model, where they will be able to directly assess and apply this information, receiving individual one-on-one critiques with the teacher.
This course would be helpful to artists that want to gain a better understanding of anatomy and observation of the model and  push your figure drawing to the next level!

UPDATE: Starting March 17, 2020, SJAC’s galleries and offices will be closed, and all workshops, events, and programs are also suspended. This decision is based on the Government of NB’s recommendations for all public spaces to close due to the developing situation with the COVID-19 virus. We are keeping registration open for select workshops for future dates, which will be rescheduled from the original dates seen in the listing. Folks already registered / partway through workshops are being contacted with updates. Stay safe!

One day: Saturday, May 9, 2020 • 9:30am-4:30pm (one hour for lunch) • Cost: $110

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Supplies will be provided, but artists are welcome to bring their own paper and drawing implements.

About the Instructor

Melissa Kennedy is a Hampton, NB native; she earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from UNB and NBCCD, and is a graduate of The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. In her second year she was honoured to receive a prize for ‘best drawing in the sculpture department’ and was the recipient of an assistant teacher scholarship.

She has recently returned to New Brunswick after several years on faculty at the Florence Academy as a principle instructor of drawing in the sculpture program, specializing in pencil, ink and charcoal media. Images shown are examples of Melissa’s work.

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