We are polishing our studios (it is clean up week, after all!) with the news that Michael Klein is returning to GCA to teach in our part-time program. His new class, Training Your Memory from the Figure is on Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. The first session begins Monday, September 7th. This is a unique opportunity for advanced artists. Through intense memory exercises and analysis of their anatomical memory, students will locate key gaps in their understanding of the human body and through practice expand their knowledge.
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"Training Your Memory from the Figure " Course Description
Learning to train your memory was an essential part of late 19th century instruction. This class is designed for an advanced study of the human figure. Artists have become accustomed to either working long hours from the model or incorporating photography in their work and have neglected their visual memory. When one works away from nature, one becomes aware of the insufficiencies that occur in the understanding of anatomy, structure and perspective.
The format for this class will be set up so that students will develop a drawing or painting entirely from their memory. The model will commence in a pose for five minutes; the students will have everything setup ready to draw although no marks will be made in this initial period. The first five minutes will be for observation only. When the time is up everyone will have ten minutes to work on their drawing or painting. After the first fifteen minutes the model will resume the pose and the students will have the remaining five minutes to take notes on where they miscalculated. During the ending period of observation from the model there will not be any correction allowed to the studies. Students will proceed this process throughout the evening and compare drawings at the end of the session. With a new pose every week students will have the opportunity to develop three hour studies emphasizing gesture and accurate proportions. Critiques will be given on an individual basis with demonstrations throughout the course.