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Level I Classical Drawing

October 23, 2021 - January 29, 2022


Youth Ages 8-13  |  4 Sessions
An additional session was added to accommodate all the interest. [One Saturday monthly 12:30-2:30 pm]

Session Dates –
Oct. 23, Nov. 20,  Dec. 18, Jan. 29

In these progressively oriented Saturday art lessons, the fine art objective is to develop drawing and seeing skills in the serious young artist, ranging in age from 8 – 13.  Students begin by learning the three important moments of the start of a drawing: 1). The envelope, 2). The separation of Light from shadow, and 3). The block-in.

Simple still lifes of boxes and bottles are used for practice with perspective and proportion under a single light source. Students draw with charcoal on toned paper. Participants will learn how to see and successfully articulate monumental shapes of light and shadow, create the illusion of depth and fully realize tonal relationships. The Charles Bargue Drawing Course will be introduced during the second semester.

 The mastery of skills are —
1). Successfully launching an envelope around the compositional elements in the still life arrangement
2). Successfully determining the correct tilts and angles of the still life arrangement
3). Successfully describing perspective in terms of the planes of the cube and the ellipsis of the circle
4). Consistently separating true light from true shadow
5). Consistently calibrating the value of the overall still life arrangement

[There is a $25 fee for all supplies needed for the 4 sessions, paid directly to instructor at the first session]

About the Artist Instructor Michela Mansuino — Our instructor, Michela Mansuino graduated in June 2017 from Studio Incamminati, an atelier for the study of humanist realism in Philadelphia. 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.


October 23
January 29, 2022


The Arts of Great Falls School
756 Walker Road
Great Falls, VA 22066 United States


The Arts of Great Falls

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