Master Class:
Observational Drawing & Painting from Life

New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin St., New York
Saturday & Sunday
October 26 & 27
12:00 pm — 6:00 pm

In this two-day master class, New York realist painter & draftsman Christopher Gallego shares insights, tips, and techniques gathered from 35-years of painting. Techniques that can apply to the figure or any subject. To name a few…
  • Use your eyes, your mind, and your intuition. Technique comes second.
  • Learn from the masters; don’t imitate.
  • Think abstractly. Don’t attach a name to anything you draw
  • Focus on the process more than the outcome.
  • Give particular attention to the space.
  • Observe your state of mind while you work.
  • Have some fun & don’t obsess.

Class Format
  • Two models–One portrait, one nude
  • 40 minutes of quick poses at the beginning of class, followed by a long pose for the remainder of class
  • Artists may work from one position or change
  • Introductory lecture on day one, mid-day lecture day two
  • Individual critiques throughout
  • Artists are welcome to bring work in for a critique

Drawing Materials

  • Inexpensive Sketch Paper (any kind, for quick sketches)
  • Quality Drawing paper for finished drawings:
      Strathmore 400, or Arches watercolor paper (smooth finish)
  • Clipboard-to mount paper, & paper mounting clips
  • Soft Vine charcoal
  • General's charcoal pencils-2B & 4b
  • Graphite pencils-2H, H, HB, 2B
  • Single-edge razor blades
  • Kneadable erasers
  • Paper Blending Tool (or Stump)
  • Fine Sandpaper

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