The weekend started with a free public drawing demo by David at the Hunter Museum of Art on Thursday night.
|Artist Mia Bergeron helping David set up.|
|David with his initial block in using pan pastels.|
Here he is using a mahl stick with a hook on the end that can rest on the top of the drawing when he isn't using it.
|Alia El-Bermani and Cindy Procious enjoying the demo.|
Early Friday morning at the Atelier, David spent a bit of time setting up the model, experimenting with a dark or light background and adjusting the light. The class was structured around him demonstrating for three hours in the morning and then after a lunch break the class drew for four hours.
|In this close-up you can see how he outlines shadow shapes to define them and hatches in layers, building up the values.|
There were 14 people in the class, David arranged the easels so that everyone had good view of the model and then we drew numbers, with the lower numbers choosing their easels first. I was number 13 but still had an interesting view, although not one I might have chosen if I'd gotten a smaller number- a straight profile.
From my spot, you can see the light set up and my first clunky block in with the pan pastels. We were working on a heavy, smooth, medium gray card stock paper.
The pan pastels are scrubbed into the paper with a paper towel, so we were building up layer upon layer of black charcoal pencils of varying hardness and white charcoal pencil. Using very sharp pencils, "Sharp pencils make sharp drawings".
Here are a couple close-ups. It is a very subtle cross hatching technique. I could never have seen this kind of detail with out the binoculars. I did have a tough time with them the first day but kind of adjusted to them by the second day.One of the best parts of the weekend was reuniting with a few of my WPW friends! We worked hard, ate well, socialized plenty and slept little. A perfect storm.
|Me, Cindy Procious, David, Mia Bergeron, Alia El-Bermani|
|Alia with her gorgeous finished drawing.|
|Mia with her fabulous finished drawing.|
The Townsend Atelier was a great place to have a workshop like this. Stan and Peggy Townsend were very organized and did everything possible to make us feel welcome. They have a busy class schedule, painting, drawing and sculpture, and an interesting assortment of fine art materials, check it out!
You can sign-up to receive Townsend Atelier emails on this page. Talks are in the works... looks like I will be teaching a two-day painting workshop later this year. I will keep you posted.
I highly recommend David Kassan's workshops. He has a DVD of his drawing method so if you don't get as lucky as we were to have him in driving distance check it out. David is a generous teacher and freely answered questions about his work. I learned a lot about his method with charcoal and about capturing one area with absolute accuracy, using that area as a map legend to base the rest of the drawing on.