“The Expressive Human Figure: An Exploration of Style, Expression and Technique from the Classic to the Modern” via Zoom
July 24 to August 19 (four classes and four critique sessions)

This online class examines a variety of drawing and painting techniques used to render the human figure. Participants will study the form, function and dynamics of the figure while exploring the tools and characteristics of classic materials ranging from ink to oils. The class will feature the analysis of several artists and their works followed by demonstrations applying the complex principles of form and style represented by each masterwork.

• The first class looks at pen and ink gesture drawing followed by sculpturally rendered red chalk drawing emphasizing line and hatching.

• The second class features painterly mass drawing with chalks and pastels. 

• The third class moves into oil painting using a limited palette focusing on clear, organized rendering. 

• The fourth class will explore the expressive portrait in oils using a vigorous alla prima approach.

CLASSES will be on Fridays (four classes July 24, July 31, Aug 7, and Aug 14) from 2pm To 5pm US Eastern Standard Time, where all participants will have the opportunity to both observe and submit questions using the chat feature. Participants will be able to watch the class later (streamed for a limited time) in addition to (or instead of) the live class. There will be a limit of 20 critique students who can ask questions directly during the discussion and demonstration.

CRITIQUE SESSIONS will be the Wednesdays (July 29, August 5, 12, and 19) from 2pm to 4pm US Eastern Standard Time, following the Friday classes. The artwork of 20 students (see below under prices) will be critiqued although all participants may observe.

MODELS will appear primarily in the form of photo reference however there will be live in-studio models as well. The model reference images will be shown on screen (within Zoom’s rules) and participants will be directed to a website should they decide to purchase the same set for their own use.


Full participation in the critique group (limit of 20 students)  $450
FULL, but to be placed on a waitlist contact Rob (or join the Auditing group below).

Auditing (can participate by submitting questions via Zoom chat during the Friday classes and can observe all Wednesday critique sessions) $250


Single Sheets mid-tone gray Drawing Paper:  Any good quality drawing paper that you like–you will need about 3 sheets. Canson “Mi Tientes” (smooth side) or “ Ingres” works well, at least 18×24 or larger. For the first day Rob will be using handmade Twinrocker “Creme” or “Yale”, text weight, Antique Laid 22×30 paper http://www.twinrocker.com
Newsprint pad, 18″ x 24”
Pitt pastel pencils # 190 https://www.dickblick.com/items/20546-3130/ or Conte
Sanguine Pencil Prismacolor Verithin Terra Cotta or Tuscan Red pencils (at least 3)
white Conte chalk or similar (one stick)
Generals charcoal sticks https://www.dickblick.com/items/22921-2001/
Generals charcoal drawing pencils: soft, medium and hard
soft vine charcoal: a few pieces
watercolor: black, burnt umber, and burnt sienna
sable round-tip brushes: real or imitation, small (from #1 to #3) and medium (from #5 to #7)
2 Sakura Pigma Micron marker pens: sepia color, sizes 01 and 05
brown walnut ink (Winsor Newton “Nut Brown” or any walnut ink is good)
pen holder with #512 nib ( or similar) See http://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-standard-point-dip-pen-nibs/
drawing board
kneaded eraser
masking tape
chamois cloth
pencil sharpener or razor blade

oil paints: ivory black, burnt umber, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow light, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, permanent rose, alizarin crimson, manganese violet, diozixine violet (optional), ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, phthalocyanine blue(optional), viridian, phthalocyanine green (optional),  titanium white
brushes: hog bristle filbert shaped bristle brushes: #2, #4, #6, and #8 (Any brand of hog bristle is fine but Rob likes Silver Brush “Grand Prix” type). Filbert Series 1003 filbert shaped sable brushes: #2 and #4 (Rob likes both Silver “Renaissance” sable brushes or Escoda Brand sable brushes.)
palette knife
medium: Linseed oil (or medium of choice)
solvent such as Turpenoid or Gamsol. 
rags (or good paper towels)
canvases or panels: 4 or 5 canvases 16×20 or 18×24 toned mid-gray with acrylic paint to ensure they are dry for class. Centurian linen canvas is especially good for the price. You can tone them with white plus a little ivory black and a hint of burnt umber or use something like “Golden Heavy Bodied Neutral Gray N6” premixed acrylic. The canvas should look similar to this box: