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Finding the Figure: Charcoal on Paper with Alyssa Monks

Thursday, July 26 | 2-5 PM | $125* ($100 for Friends of SAC)

This three hour intensive workshop is designed to guide the students toward constructing an accurate and expressive figure drawing, using efficient measuring techniques and sensitive line quality. It aims to instruct students on how to use a live model to create a drawing that captures the essence of the figure, pose, and mood – simply through line and tone. The workshop will explain how to use fundamental measuring techniques to map the figure on the page and strategies on how to construct the drawing. Once the figure is mapped out, emphasis is then placed on line and application. By focusing on deliberate strokes, we will accentuate the structural volumes of the form, concentrating on relating all parts of the picture to each other. We will explore ways of seeing the picture objectively, how to imply detail without overstating, and what level of finish works best for the particular drawing or style. The final result can be a drawing that captures the essence of your and contains the intimacy of the human touch.

Ages 18+. All levels. Materials will be provided.

*Registration includes one ticket to the 7 PM conversation in the theater between Alyssa Monks and New York Academy of Art President David Kratz.

About Alyssa Monks

Alyssa’s work is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. She lives and paints in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her latest solo exhibition Spirit Songs will on view at Gail Severn Gallery in July 2018. She has an upcoming exhibition at Forum Gallery in October, 2018. Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including “Intimacy” at the Kunst Museum in Ahlen, Germany and “Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009” at the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, New York. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including the Savannah College of Arts, the Somerset Art Association, Fullerton College, the Seavest Collection and the collections of Eric Fischl, Howard Tullman, Gerrity Lansing, Danielle Steele, Alec Baldwin, and Luciano Benetton. In 2015, Alyssa gave a talk at the TEDx even at Indiana University discussing her recent work, available on TED.com. She was named the 16th most influential women artist alive today by Graphic Design Degree Hub. Her work was featured in the recent sixth season of the hit FX series The Americans. Alyssa has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting three times and serves as a member of the New York Academy of Art’s Board of Trustees.

Born 1977 in New Jersey, Alyssa began oil painting as a child. She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time she studied painting at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. She went on to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001. She completed an artist in residency at Fullerton College in 2006 and has lectured and taught at universities and institutions nationwide. She continues to offer workshops and lectures regularly.


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