The great art schools from the Accademia in Florence to the Ecole in Paris established critical drawing principles which are still in use today. The most visionary artists used these guidelines to create powerfully modern works. This class will examine the drawing methods and traditions of the academy and merge them with an expressively modern approach based on dynamic gesture and calligraphic energy. Using graphite, charcoal, and chalks participants will create figure and portrait drawings following the example of the greatest masters of drawing in history.