Cast Drawing

Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm

8 classes: $495

Starts August 22nd


Justin Balleza



Class Description:

Students will spend 3 hours each week learning how to draw from real objects in studio using the Sight-size method with instructor Justin Balleza. Sight-size is a method designed to work “from life to the scale of life”, in this case using inanimate sculptures. From day one students will begin drawing plaster casts to train the eye to see objects from a distance in terms of light and dark shapes. Training the eye is a fundamental process for those who want to draw or paint from the real world without using photographs as reference and also can inform photographic references. By starting with a few plotted points, the drawings will develop naturally through line, value and composition observed from a sculpture positioned directly next to the easel. 

Cast drawing projects will teach the students how to work standing - observe the subject from a distance and make corrections – and analyze scale and proportion by using light and shadow shapes to break down form into manageable parts that relate to the whole composition, or “Big Shape”. Daily one-on-one and group instruction, demonstration and critique will be given throughout the entire course. Sight-size observational method is an engaging, disciplined, accurate approach that has been cultivated and refined over centuries by artists including Titian, Leonardo, Velazquez, Rubens, Van Dyke, Hals, and Sargent.

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