Intermediate Drawing with Juan Martinez

Intermediate Drawing with Juan Martinez


Join us for a 4 week Academic Training course on Bargue Drawings. This course will follow a classic Atelier style approach over 4 weeks. This course will allow individuals wanting to learn proper drawing techniques or even artists looking to hone their skill. This course is the second in a series of drawing courses with Juan. The courses will use Bargue Drawings as a tool to learn and improve the required skills. These courses are fascinating, enjoyable, and even challenging in the right ways!

Some materials will be provided. A materials list will be sent to all participants.

Course Dates: November 7th to November 28th 2019 (Thrusday Evenings)
Times: 6:00 to 8:30
Instructor: Juan Martinez
Location: Framemasters Art Supply Studio

"Bargue Drawings" What are today called "Bargue Drawings" appeared in 1868 France and were developed by academic artists Charles Bargue, under the guidance of his friend and mentor, Jean-Léon Gérôme, a highly regarded teacher and artist of the day. The Drawing Course, as it was known, was a series of plates, or lithographs, that art students were given to copy and learn from. The practice, known as "copying from the flat", was a method of learning that used the careful reproduction, by eye, of masterful sample drawings. Although this had been a staple of artists' training for centuries, Bargue's plates were unique and widely considered as the pinnacle of their kind. The Course became an instant success on account of the excellence of its execution, as well its harmonious melding of classical ideals with modern realism which was emerging in that period. Prior to Bargue's Drawing Course, most of the sample plates available to burgeoning artists or to teachers were considered, even then, as being overly idealized and more decorative than instructional -- almost "too classical". Bargue and Gérôme saw the same thing and, in fact, agreed that the true ideals of classicism had been, perhaps, slowly eroding and had become too mannered. So, they set out to make something better and the resulting course was based much more on reality -- that is to say, on what things actually look like -- and less on idealization. The fact that the "reality" they depicted was antique statuary is how the classical aspects were imbued into the course. The Bargue drawings are now available, in their entirety, in book form and the plates are again being used by artists and teachers around the world. The Drawing Course has two main sections: The first is drawings based on classical statues and casts -- a normal start for the learning of academic art principles -- and, the second: examples based on great paintings and styles of art of the past. In total, there are well over 100 plates! Copying masterworks and model drawing has always been one of the chief underpinnings of most, if not all, systems of learning art in previous eras. It turns out that it is still a good approach for modern day artists, too, and most of today's ateliers and independent art schools use the Bargue system to one degree or other.

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