Ann McMillan Art
Fine Art in Color


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Drawing and Painting the Figure

  • Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Road Palo Alto, CA, 94303 United States (map)

10 Wednesday nights, 7 pm - 10 pm. 

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Please join Ann for a survey course in drawing and painting people. This class will introduce a challenging subject with playful and mindful discipline. We will explore several ways of drawing humans: field sketching, caricatures, self-portraits, and working from on figure and portrait from a tradition model pose. Class subjects will include drawing in proportion using angles and negative space, contour vs. core drawing, mass and line drawing and how they relate to one another, achieving a confident line, and showing gesture and expression.  Students are welcome to work independently, or to follow the exercises and guidelines offered each week.  All media are welcome: pastel, acrylic, oil, watercolor, markers, watercolor pencils, etc. You are welcome to choose a medium to use and stick to it for the quarter, or to play around with different media throughout the class.  The first couple of weeks we will start by drawing on paper with a model. Please visit for complete materials lists. 

Earlier Event: September 9
Collage and Mixed Media Experiments
Later Event: September 12
Painting: Beginning and Beyond