Sunday, May 29, 2011

Student Nudes - A Show - will feature live nude models - At William Scott Gallery Opening July 8th

Boston Figurative Art Center is please to announce the opening of a show featuring Student Nudes.  The show will actually open on July 1st with the grand opening scheduled to coincide with First Friday on July 8th.

Come join us to see selected figure work by New England area students- drawings, paintings, and prints; and watch demonstrations of model drawing right in the gallery.  Pick up a pencil and paper and participate.  

When:  Friday July 8, (with a smaller opening July 1), 
Where:  William Scott Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston.  

Phone:  617 542 4040

Friday, May 27, 2011

5 Day Figure Drawing Intensive Workshop with Jason Polins

T h e   F i g u r e   i n   G r i s a i l l e
In this 5-day intensive workshop, learn the fundamentals of painting the figure in grisaille, exploring concepts of rhythm, gesture, line, value, and limited color.  Morning sessions will include demonstrations by instructors followed by short and long poses. Reserve your spot by filling out an application form available on our Facebook page, or by calling the school directly. Spots are going fast! Reserve your easel today.

Phone:  (617) – 372 – 6555  *  *

Still Life, Bargue and Cast class with Jason Polins

Still life, Bargue and Cast class:

Two classes
Wednesday evening 6-9pm 
Saturday afternoon 1-4pm

In this class attention to basic drawing skills via complex shape organization and compositional structure will be taught throughout the term. Bargue drawings are a process of flat copy work to teach a student about the mechanics of pencil and charcoal. Learning how to manipulate materials to express ideals of classical beauty thru reproduction of classical lithographs. Cast drawing is a continuation of the Bargue adding the complexity of rendering a 2D drawing as if it were a 3D reality, with a heavy concentration on values and accuracy. Usually cast work is charcoal on paper or oils on canvas. The still life component is for people to explore all the previous skills combined in a synergy of color and shape in order to push ones skills to new levels. Also using ideas like metaphor or purpose to a still life setup. Typically Still life work is oil on canvas, but it can also be pencil on paper as well as charcoal on paper. 

Portrait Workshop with Ian Factor

Two Days!
Saturday & Sunday September 17th & 18th, 2011
2 Day Portrait Painting Workshop
Cape Cod Museum Of Art, Dennis MA

Click HERE for the Museum website with all the details and to Register Online.

Plein Air Workshop with Ian Factor

Two Days!
Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th, 2011Cape Cod Museum Of Art, Dennis MA
Click HERE for the Museum website with all the details and to Register Online.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Portrait Drawing Class with The Academy of Realist Art, Boston

Tuesday Evening Portrait Drawing Class

Drawing from the live portrait model, students will concentrate on perfecting basic skills like blocking in the big proportions and correctly placing features. These skills will set the stage for advanced stages of rendering and developing a likeness of the model. Short lectures will help students to understand what they see when evaluating the subject. All levels welcome.

Cost is $300. 8 weeks. June 7- August 2.  Tuesdays 6:00-9:00

Call to register or use our online "application for admission" form. 

Academy of Realist Art, Boston
112 South Street
Boston, MA

Bargue Drawing Class with The Academy of Realist Art, Boston

Bargue Drawing Class

The core drawing skill development in the Academy curriculum is done by drawing from the Charles Bargue Drawing Course Lithographs and from plaster casts (by master artists of the past). We are excited to now offer this course on the weekend in addition to our weekday program. This 8 week course will help students to improve their visual acuity skills, gain a better understanding of value families, learn how light and shadow describe form, improve their ability to accurately draw, and get better at analysis and self correction. Cost is $300. All levels.

Saturdays June 4-July 30, 1:30-4:30.

Call to register or use our online "application for admission" form. 

Academy of Realist Art, Boston
112 South Street
Boston, MA

Figure Drawing at The Academy of Realist Art, Boston

Saturday and Thursday Figure Drawing Classes 

Rendering the human form is the most difficult task in drawing and the beginning stages of construction are the most important. This 8 week course will address the early stage and it's challenges. Working from the nude model, students will be given a step-by-step system that will improve their ability to accurately capture gesture, proportion and body type. From this general block-in, students will advance towards an exploration of the figure's specific contour and shadow line. Poses will range from  three to six hours. Students will receive individual attention and work at their own pace. All levels are welcome. 

Cost is $300. 8 weeks. Saturday mornings June 4- July 30,  10:00 - 1:00. Thursdays June 9-August 4, 6:00-9:00pm

Call to register or use our online "application for admission" form. 

Academy of Realist Art, Boston
112 South Street
Boston, MA

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Summer is a good time to visit other drawing groups.

Summertime affords the opportunity to draw in beautiful places.  There are sketch groups located in lovely locales, and dropping in for a session while on vacation is an enjoyable way to meet other artists and experience a glimpse into communities of artists working in every corner of New England.  Here are a few groups we recommend.  If you have a favorite group you frequent during the summer months, please share by sending me an email with the details.

Westport Art Group
On June 24, the 6th annual Go Figure! Show and reception will be at the Westport Art Group's (WAG's) center, 1740 Main Road, Westport, MA, from 5-8 pm.  This informal gathering features drawings and paintings done in the past year by attendees of the weekly figure workshop; refreshments will be served.  The figure workshop meets weekly on Wednesday mornings from 9 am-noon at the WAG center.  (Artists need not be members of WAG to participate.)  Fees are $15 per session or $40-50 if paid on a monthly basis.  Artists provide their own materials; there is no instruction.  For more information, please call Carolyn Winter at 401-316-8272.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Provincetown is, of course, a well-established destination for artists.   Below is the info for their sketch schedule:
Life Drawing: Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30am-11:30am, year-round.
No pre-registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Male and female models provide a variety of poses. Easels are provided, but participants must bring all other supplies.Fee: $10 per session, $45 for 5 sessions.

Rockport Art Associaiton
Another famous destination for artists,  the RAA schedules a variety of sessions working with a model, both indoors and outdoors.  The shorter pose Monday night sessions run from 7-9:30, and more session information can be found at the following link:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Learn to Draw the Figure with Boston School of Painting - Jason Polins Instructor

Students will work in pencil, charcoal or oil paint to learn about line, form and proportion. The handling of light and shadow as it falls on the human body, giving a sense of weight and dimension to the figure. Rendering volume and color mixing via chroma, value and hue. Shape and composition being taken into account for arriving at a solid and integrated work, with an emphasis on realism and naturalism to the human body. Students will work from a live model in a long pose format.  

Two different time slots are available to provide scheduling flexibility:

Tuesday morning from 9am - 12pm starting May 17th
Saturday morning from 9am - 12pm starting May 21st.

Each class runs for 13 three-hour sessions.  The cost is $480 per class.

Studio address is:
86 Joy St, Studio #51
Somerville, MA

About the Artist:

Jason Polins received his BFA from Boston University in 1994 and went on to study in Florence Italy atThe Florence Academy of Art. During that time he honed his skills as a realist painter, fulfilling his studies in 1997 and receiving their certificate of completion. Upon returning to Boston he has continued painting and studying with various notable painters, such as Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia, and Gary Hoffmann in Boston. Having always felt a strong connection to the heritage of painters of The Boston School of Painting he endeavors to pursue the ideals of strong drawing skills, composition, and color in each of his own works.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Learn to Draw the Figure with Barbara Morse - DAY CHANGED TO FRIDAY!

Barbara Morse teaches figure drawing from life using the 'Reilly System' of drawing. Her weekly lectures illustrate the forms and planes of the body and how to draw the figure conceptually. Individual critiques will show how to use these principles while drawing from the model. Students will learn that every drawing starts with a first dominate line. As in the academic tradition, having a step-by-step process makes things knowable, easier, faster . . . and fun! This class is for those who are beginning to draw the figure as well as advanced artists who want to draw with greater speed and accuracy.  8 weeks

Starts Friday June 3, 1011 and runs for 8 weeks.

Friday mornings from 10am to 1pm             $360

Location:  450 Harrison Ave, Boston
For information: phone:  617 266-5140

Painting the Human Head with Tom Ouellette

Painting portraits is a traditional path  artists take to become an accomplished painter.  Tom's studio is carefully set up to provide optimum lighting conditions for painting from the model. A controlled palette for flesh is taught along with the four stages of painting. The advantage of this system, particularly for new students, is that the structure of this program keeps them on track. Students know where they are and how to proceed and can 'go back' a step or two without starting over. Their focus is guided and this gives more accurate and faster results. The model will take the same pose for four 3-hr classes.  Tom will give a brief demonstration at the beginning of each class.  8 weeks

All classes are on Thursday.  Starts June 9, 2011 and runs for 8 weeks. 

Afternoons from 2 to 5pm               $360
Evenings from 6:30 to 9:30            $360

Location:  450 Harrison Ave, Boston
For information: phone:  617 266-5140

Monday, May 9, 2011

The ArtRoom in Topsfield offers drop-in figure session

Figure Drawing @ The ArtRoom
30 Main Street, Topsfield, next to Dawson's Hardware
Thurs nights 7 to 9:30 pm
$12 drop in, discounted 10 class cards available
for more info contact Donna 978-335-0222

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Life Drawing open studio at the Danforth Museum in Framingham

Please join us Wednesday evenings (7 - 10pm) to sketch, draw, paint or sculpt from  a live model.  The sessions will be monitored by Museum School staff but there will be no instruction.  Bring your own supplies!

Fees: $10 for Danforth members, $15 for non-members.  Fees are payable in the Museum School Office at the start of class.

Location:  123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702
Contact:  508-620-0937

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Portrait Workshop with Jeanne Rosier Smith May 14th

Portrait Workshop
June 14th, 10am - 4pm
Sudbury, MA

Jeanne Smith has been painting for 25 years.  After teaching college English for ten years, she is now pursuing her love of art full time.  She studied art at Georgetown University and at the DuCret School of Art.  She began painting her children when they were very young, and has been taking portrait commissions ever since.  Smith's work has appeared in national juried exhibitions and has won many awards.  Her paintings are in private collections from Seattle to Monte Carlo.  She is represented by the Francesca Anderson Gallery in Lexington, MA.

Contact:  Email

Phone:  908-875-3124

More info:

New Work by Joel Janowitz opens May 12 at Victoria Munroe Fine Art on Newbury Street

An exhibit of new work by Joel Janowitz opens May 12 at Victoria Munroe Fine Art - 161Newbury Street. The opening reception is from 6:00 - 8:00, with a gallery talk by Joel at 7:00. Oil paintings are at the heart of the show, and are unified by an exploration of hands - what they reveal and what they withhold. Figures are placed somewhat precariously at the edges of each painting, with a range of richly painted surfaces dominating the larger, central area. Their is a lot of room for the viewer to speculate and form their own notions as to what the painting might be “about.” Joel worked with a combination of professional models and acquaintances for each set of hands, and one can sense an evolution of ideas and treatments from the origin of the series, which began one evening around a card table.

No stranger to working with the figure, Joel has made a point of incorporating figure study into the classes he teaches in his South End studio throughout the fall and spring.This summer he is also teaching water color workshops at Montserrat. He is an energetic and gifted teacher who gently and persistently prods each student to see anew, and to develop skills to create work that strives to be more arresting, more daring.  Included below are a few samples of work done by his students.