capturing the human gesture:
A life drawing Class with models
Explore fluidity and movement in figure drawing using your whole body, not just your hand, and learn to capture a pose quickly—with energy!
Dive into the history of gesture drawing and why it is fundamental to drawing and illustrating the human form.
Learn how to turn a simple stick figures into a fully-expressed ones in less than 30 seconds using a variety of drawing materials. Capturing the body is not about the details but the big picture—the gesture!
Students will walk away with loose sketches that can be used as references or to further develop at home and a few, fully finished drawings.
NOTE: for the purposes of life drawing, the posing model will be either costumed, slightly clothed, or partially nude.
Please dress for mess and comfort.
Artists who have taken this class may want to explore our Portrait Drawing class.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS...
• those who want to learn to use drawing materials
• those who want to better capture movement and form
• those who want stronger rendering skills
• adults who want to strengthen painting in the realism style
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About the instructor
Elissa Lieberman has over 20 years experience teaching painting, drawing, and design. Her favorite subject is figure drawing. Elissa owned and operated the San Diego Art Loft from 2015-2020 when the pandemic made the school close. Elissa ran the art school at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2007-2008. Elissa has been a professor at Delaware College of Art and Design, San Diego State University, Southwestern College, Mesa College, UCSD Continuing Ed, and University of San Diego.
She has also taught extensively in other private studios such as the La Jolla Athenaeum and San Diego Art Department, and US Arts Education. Elissa takes private students in her home studio and in student homes and maintains an active art practice in her home studio.