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Instructor: Laura Shabott
March 14, 21, 28
April 4
9:30am - 11:30am

Drawing the human figure to study the process and create works with charcoal on paper
Figure drawing is the ballet of visual art. By drawing the figure for its own sake, to experience mark-marking with a stick of charcoal, the tool used in the first cave drawings, the act becomes an extension of ourselves. This discipline, when practiced over time, brings vitality to an artist’s practice. In this course, we will begin with warm-up exercises with a nude model, moving to longer poses throughout the morning. A still life arrangement will grow around the figure with the final week as a full interior setting. In this way, the compositions increase in complexity so that artists can experience proportion, rendering, perspective as well as gesture and expression. The last half hour will be a profile of a prominent Truro artist and how they approach drawing. There will be optional homework.

Laura Shabott is part of a core group of artists whose presence and practices - whether visual, literary or performance - ensures the continuance of the Outer Cape as a vital arts colony. Her artistic path in the past thirty years has been circuitous and in 2015 Shabott returned to painting and drawing as if coming home from a long journey. Figure drawing is the foundation of her studio practice and she teaches people how to draw who want to begin making art or being again. Shabott is represented by Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown.