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From Life Workshop

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From Life Workshop



The Accademia del Disegno in Renaissance Florence, the first institution to provide students with a formal art program, combined both two and three-dimensional approaches to the study of the human form. This workshop with instructor Karen Fletcher includes three evening sessions at the Gallery; two sessions will be working from a live model. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Deadline to register is Monday, October 22nd.
Workshop runs Monday evenings on October 29, November 5 & 26 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.
Cost: $140/person +HST
All materials included.

Session One/ Drawing
October 29th - 7 to 9:30 pm

This session will focus on practicing three complimentary drawing strategies when observing the figure. Gesture drawing uses line to capture the movement of the figure as a whole. Contour drawing follows the edges of the form and cross contour drawing looks at the planar structure of the figure. Value drawing uses light and shadow to emphasize the three-dimensional qualities of the human form.

Session Two/ Sculpture
November 5th - 7 to 9:30 pm

This session will focus on developing multiple ceramic studies from life. The studies, from one point of view, take the form of high relief sculpture. The process moves from developing basic proportions, through drawing on the surface, to pushing and pulling the clay to fully develop the form. (When the clay is leather hard the studies will be hollowed from the back in preparation for firing.)   

Session Three/ Surface Finish
November 26th - 7 to 9:30 pm

After bisque firing the studies will be finished with washes of ceramic stain and copper oxide. This finish accentuates the maker’s marks and allows the surface of the clay to remain visible.


Karen Louise FLETCHER Bio

Karen Fletcher works as an artist and educator in Waterloo. She has a summer home and studio on Bonavista Bay in rural Newfoundland. 

Since the late 70’s Karen has exhibited her work throughout Ontario and in Newfoundland. She is represented in a number of public and private collections.

In reference to Drawing on the Figure: 10 contemporary ceramists approach the human form, former Clay and Glass Gallery director Glenn Allison wrote:
 ... her commitment to the human figure in art has been ... permanent. While other fashionable art movements have emerged and faded, Fletcher’s deployment of the figure as an expressive vehicle has persisted.
Initially, that persistence might seem to position her squarely in a traditional camp. But that would be inaccurate. Her radical independence, coupled with the evolving exploratory nature of her research, has kept her work at the forefront.
Karen’s work contributes to critical contemporary dialogues on carnality, gender, identity and sexuality, while affirming the value of our visual heritage.

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