Studio 415 NY

Traditional Art School New York City

The Artist’s Visual Tool Box

The Artist's Visual Tool Box

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Aaron Seckman (

Goals of students will include:
– Replacing the idea of “copying nature” with a logical analysis and synthesis of the elements of visual reality
– Being students that understand the difference between academic study and art
– Acquiring the habit of being aware of the intentions we desire each mark to embody
– Gaining insight into our individual priorities as students and artists
– Embracing the joy of knowing the visible world more intimately

Students will be presented with a theoretic framework for the act of drawing/painting from life composed of a toolbox of representational concepts that may be studied separately and/or in combination. Falling within three main areas of study (design, color and modeling), students will study and apply essential perceptual drawing concepts, methods of analyzing value and color relationships and a strategy for color modeling of large and small forms using a full color palette (20+ colors). Students may choose which concept tools to study each week and will be encouraged to work through the concepts at their own pace. One-on-one tutoring will supplement lectures/demonstrations. Subject matter will generally be still life selected by the student. Work may be done in oil paint or the drawing medium of the students’ choosing.

$140/week, $35/session

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