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Drawing the Plaster Cast with Michela Mansuino
March 16 - May 18$240
Select Mondays 10:30am-1:30pm | 6 Sessions
March 16 & 30, April 20 & 27, May 11 & 18
In the French Academies of the not so distant past, students were encouraged to paint from plaster casts that were replicas of sculptures. The instruction was designed for students to build confidence in drawing the human figure. We will recreate the lesson. Each student will work from an individually set up and lighted white plaster cast of a part of the human figure or a head. We will focus on value, proportion, and the edges using graphite on Strathmore 500 paper. The student will stay with the same cast for six weeks and will be able to produce a finished, highly respectable study, which can then be used as a measure of success. A short supply list will be posted. Adults.
About the Teacher — Our instructor, Michela Mansuino graduated in 2017 from Studio Incamminati, an atelier for the study of humanist realism in Philadelphia and has remained on staff as a fellow. Her awards are numerous, including the Maggie Price and Jack Richeson Scholarship Award for 2014 -15, the Studio Incamminati Scholarship Award, and the D. Colman Witte Scholarship for the 2015-16 & 2016-17 Academic Years. Michela continues to teach at The Arts of Great Falls School and in Philadelphia. In December 2016, Michela was selected by The Arts Council of Fairfax County as one of three talented Fairfax County artists with extensive arts education experience for the FY17 Artist Residencies in Middle Schools program.