THE CHARLES BARGUE DRAWING COURSE
I. Drawing - using Graphite on White Paper, students learn to copy 20 Bargue plates with
accuracy. First in the same size, then in enlarged format, making an effort to maintain the exact proportions of the
original so as to sharpen observation and seeing skills. Learn artistic thinking skills, solve problems, learn to see
and render shapes and values and how to turn form. Learn seeing techniques for achieving accuracy. Copy Master
Drawings from the flat to the flat.
PART II. Cast
Drawing - using Graphite and White Chalk on
Toned Paper, students draw basic and complex forms from the round
(from life). Rather than leaving the white of the paper for
the lighted areas of an object as in Part I, students now learn to ADD the lights with White Chalk while reserving the tone
of the paper for the middle values. Learn to achieve the illusion of 3-dimensional realism on the 2-dimensional flat.
CENTURY ATELIER TRAINING - OIL PAINTING
Level 1. Monotone
Painting - using Ivory Black and Titanium White oil paints, students learn to handle the various brushes, brush strokes,
how to mix paint and use a medium, and how to paint values and model form in paint. Painting the five degrees of light. Fat over lean rule. Paint using the basic Alla Prima painting technique.
2. Duotone Painting - using Ivory Black, Titanium White and Burnt Sienna students
learn to correctly see and paint warm and cool colors. Understanding color temperature, light, form, and shadow.
Understanding proper oil painting procedures.
Level 3. Painting Using a Limited Palette of the three
Primary Colors, plus Black and White. Understanding these 5 pigments and their properties. Color mixing. Color theory. Color relationships. Painting studies in high key and low key.
Painting the Still Life
with a Full Palette. Covers concept, setup, lighting,
choosing objects, color hamony, mood and color scheme. Spatial
relationships, depth, air, controlling the movement of light,
pattern of darks. Understanding opaque, transparent and semi-transparent
pigments and their effects. Uses of Impasto, Glazing, Grisaille, Sfumato and Velatura techniques in painting.
How to paint the character and appearance of various
fabrics such as heavy drapery material, soft silk, satin, gauze, lace, velvet, etc. Painting light distribution
on varous textures and surfaces. Layering and scumbling techniques.
Level 6. Portrait Studies. Learn how to construct
the head and its features. How to paint eyes, hair, etc. and various skin tones. Posing and lighting the model. Painting Master copies and working from life whenever possible.
Learn how what we see differs from how the camera lens sees.
Level 7. Painting an Animal Portrait. Animal Surface Anatomy. Learn how to paint
fur and feathers. Master copies. Learn how to work from photos - their limitations and advantages.
Figure Studies. Gesture, contrapposto, proportions and surface anatomy. Concept, lighting and mood. Master copies.
Painting the Landscape. Aerial perspective, light conditions, weather conditions, time
of day, How to achieve the illusion of distance, foreground, middlleground and background. Color in the landscape.
Color and light effects in the landscape. Painting the landscape en plein air. How to paint a landscape from a
Painting. Students conceive and paint a picture on their own, using all they have learned. Final
group crique and individual critique by instructor. Certificate of Completion - celebrating the considerable achievement
of the (now accomplished!!) painters.