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Expressive Figure Drawing: Portrait and Figure Expressions (in-person)

Instructor: Susan O’Neill

Lessons, in contrast, linking the representational to the abstract, this semester will focus on capturing expressive figurative drawings while understanding essential anatomy for the artist. In this class, I encourage you to push your boundaries and limits. Explore hidden curvilinear elements riddled throughout the figure and the pictorial space with classical and mixed media materials. Each week, emphasis is placed on careful observation of gesture and anatomical structure, line quality, and composition using traditional and contemporary materials. Included are themes to inspire and discussions of historical and modern works of art, instructor demonstrations, with focus on understanding skeletal and muscular anatomy while creating a dynamic finished drawing.

Model fee is extra.

Covid Policy for Students in this Class

Our current safety protocol requires Proof-of-Vaccination (link to FAQs) to attend this class. The classroom is equipped with HEPA/UV-C air cleaners. Masks are required until the current situation changes.

We follow all Covid Safety protocols on the national, state, and local levels for onsite activities and monitor Alexandria’s conditions.

In-person classes are held when Alexandria sustains thresholds of:

—the Daily New Case Rate at or below 25.0 per 100k; with

—the Covid-19 Infection Rate at or below 1.10; and

—the Positive Test Rate is at or below 10% or below.

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For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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