This week I had the pleasure of participating in a three day intensive drawing workshop with the great Shane Wolf. Shane is not only a tremendous painter, but also a wonderful teacher. In this workshop, he emphasized gesture, anatomical structure, and various additive modeling techniques. It was incredibly inspiring to watch him draw and to learn from his vast figurative expertise. I'm looking forward to integrating these methods into my own studio practice!
two hour modeling study, white chalk and graphite on canson mi-teintes
two and a half hour figure study, graphite on canson mi-teintes
The Manifest Drawing Center is an incredible resource and, incidentally, one of the main reasons why I was interested in this particular residency program. The Drawing Center is the educational and outreach aspect of Manifest's four programs (the other three being the gallery, the publications, and the residency). Twice a week the Drawing Center offers open figure drawing sessions, which are augmented with monthly "Quick Draw" gesture sessions as well as quarterly Cast Drawing sessions. The Drawing Center also brings in visiting artists like Shane Wolf for various workshops and public demonstrations. All these programs help bridge the gaps between students, professionals, emerging artists, amateurs, and enthusiasts to create a positive learning environment that keeps everyone coming back for more. I was originally excited about the drawing center because of the opportunities to develop my skills in the hopes of eventually incorporating the figure into my studio work. While that is still a long-term goal, I had no idea that I would also find such a wonderfully supportive community here. The people here have already made this residency experience so much more than I had hoped it would be. It has been a fabulous two months, and I have no doubt that the rest of the year will be as inspiring and productive.