In this class students can practice their drawing or painting skills while working from a live model. Students will be encouraged to find their own voice and explore various mediums. Students will receive individual instruction as well as group critiques. Open to all levels of experience. This class meets in the Owl Hall on the main level of the Education Wing.
FIGURE DRAWING & PAINTING February
with Sarah Holl
Thursday, February 14
Sarah Holl’s career as an artist is characterized by versatility, imagination, and innovative legacy. As a career artist, working both in clay and paint for most of her life. Sarah’s days revolve around making art and community involvement within the arts. This combination of dedication and originality has allowed Sarah to carve an artistic path for herself marked by challenge and change, two defining ingredients for a successful career in the arts. Sarah is a principal in the family owned Scargo Pottery and Art Gallery in Dennis, Massachusetts, founded by her father, Harry Holl in 1952. In addition to regularly producing works of art Sarah has curated numerous shows of works by other artists and makes an integral contribution to the art scene on Cape Cod. Sarah is frequently commissioned to produce works for clients throughout New England and beyond. She has most recently completed several commissions for Cape Cod Hospital, the Town of Yarmouth, as well as exhibiting he work in various restaurants on Cape Cod. Sarah’s primary passion is painting. Sarah was asked to spearhead an arts revitalization project in downtown Hyannis, her former studio on Pearl Street in Hyannis one of the many projects in which she is involved as a liaison between the arts community and the town of Barnstable. Her figure drawing classes have gained great popularity, when not teaching she is hard at work on her own paintings and collages. She looks forward to expanding her role in this artist colony with the goal of establishing a dynamic relationship between the arts and the surrounding community. Sarah has had solo shows of her painting at various galleries, including The Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cove Gallery in Wellfleet, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, and the Cahoon Museum in Cotuit. She has had in depth articles written about her work in numerous publications. Including Cape Cod Life Magazine and Cape Arts Review, as well as features on the New England news magazine program Chronicle. Sarah also took on the role of executive producer of “A Centered Universe”, a documentary film made about her father Harry Holl. Sarah has also taught figure drawing at Cape Cod Community College and Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis and now currently at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Sarah also has had artist residencies in both Italy and Colorado, and her work is collected by clients worldwide. Sarah is asked to contribute pieces to countless charities and auctions on an annual basis, a request she is happy to fulfill as it speaks to her continuing effort to not only make art, but also participate as much as possible in the local arts community.
If you are a beginner to drawing from the figure here are some suggested supplies: 1 18"x24" Newsprint pad ( for the warm up or gesture drawings, these are quick sketches and you may not want to use up your good paper) 1 18"x24" drawing pad (nicer paper for long poses) Soft charcoal (my favorite is the alpha-color Char-kole 12 pack make sure you get the compressed charcoal not the pastel) An ebony pencil An eraser (just a regular eraser like you had in school) For more advanced students: All students are welcome and encouraged to work in the medium of their choice, In this class there will be students working in oils, acrylics, water colors, pastels, collage , and any combination you can think of....if you are painting we ask that you please bring and take home with you your solvent or water. We have several easels here at the center and plan to purchase more....it will be first come first serve, so you may want to come early to setup and assure yourself a good spot. If you would like to bring your own paint box easel feel free to do so. What to expect of this class: In this class we often use nude models sometimes models are draped other times we may use a clothed model in an interior. Artists will have the opportunity to paint or draw the model in various settings, lighting and props... There will be artists of different abilities in the same class, I feel this is a great way to learn. A beginner might work along side an expert and have the opportunity to watch him or her put things together. The creativity that moves around the room is contagious, often at the end of the class during the critique each piece will be completely different, just like the painters! Please keep in mind that this is not a competition, everyone has their own unique vision. I look forward to working with you!