Classical Realism: Figure Drawing



For intermediate to advanced students and artists, who wish to take their drawing of figures and portraits to the next level, and for those with an interest in the Classical Atelier method, and for those who wish to master this logical approach to achieve predictable and repeatable results.

Classical Realism, based on Academic drawing, is enjoying a renaissance in North America and in Europe. With its roots in 19th Century Ateliers, the premise of this method is that anyone can learn to draw very well, given an understanding of certain principles of logic, application of skills and guidance from a master.

Classical drawing is built on accurately blocking the form, establishing a light and shadow pattern, and then defining and refining of the subject. The long pose allows extended time to achieve a very high level of finish. Students normally draw with graphite on white paper, or may elect charcoal and chalk on grey paper. Advanced students may paint.

Figure Drawing Group

Regular class resumes in August 2013, with a 4-week sustained pose with female model. This class is designed for those intermediate students who are familiar with basic concepts of classical drawing. Students will apply the principles of measuring and achieving accurate proportion, capturing the balance and essential gesture of the pose. Based on the initial blocking-in, students will establish the construct of the figure, map in the shadow shapes, and then articulate the light and shadow pattern of the form. The long pose allows for time and focus to add the fall of light and big-form modelling, and to then bring the drawing to a finish with the variations of the darks and the rendering of the lights. Students may elect to draw with graphite on white paper, or to use charcoal and chalk on grey paper. Advanced students may elect to paint the figure.

4-week extended pose (12 hour drawing)

Monday evenings 6-9pm

August 5, 12, 19, 26

September 2, 9, 16, 23

October 7, 14, 21, 28

November 4, 11, 18, 25

$240 + GST per month, payable monthly in advance


Special Instructions

Mandy Boursicot earned her BFA from Emily Carr University in 1999 and subsequently spent 4 years in Florence, mastering the Academic method. She was the principal drawing instructor at the Angel Academy of Art, and recently returned to Vancouver, where she is passing on her knowledge, in time-honoured tradition. She has been a professional artist for 20 years, represented at prestigious Canadian galleries including Diane Farris, Buschlen-Mowatt, Agnes Bugera and The Wallace.

Registration Details

please email mandyboursicot@gmail.com

Supply List

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Figure Drawing