3 Day Workshop When: April 30 - May 2, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
Location: The Galleries at Heartland Art Club 101A West Argonne Kirkwood, Missouri 63122
Fee: $450 ($405 for Heartland Art Club Members)
Students will create a finished charcoal portrait drawing from a photo reference Shana provides for the students. Being able to create authentic drawings and capture the essence of the person we are drawing will be a major focal point of the workshop. We will successfully create emotive drawings from your photo.
Emphasis will be placed on value control and edges. By focusing on deliberate pencil pressure and maintaining accurate mass relationships rather than rendering, the application of hatched directional marks creates form and energy. Students will use the method of relative sizing to transcribe their photograph to their paper.
Class discussions will include the advantages and pitfalls of using photo references for drawing and how to accurately judge values, edges and forms within your photo. This workshop aims to guide students toward creating a drawing from a photo reference, using traditional drawing techniques.
Shana will instruct students on how to use photographs to create a drawing that surpasses the look of the photograph, not simply imitates it.
Shana Levenson is a representational painter from Albuquerque, NM. Her passion for the arts led her to pursue a BA in Fashion Design from The University of Texas, in Austin, and after the birth of her children in 2009 and 2010, an MFA in Fine Art Painting from the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco.
Shana’s work focuses on portraiture and the figure. Her inspiration comes from painting people that are important in her life, and her goal is to capture each person’s story in an honest and meaningful way. Shana draws inspiration from her own experiences and uses specific series as a way to illustrate chapters in her life. Her current work incorporates lace dresses along with surrealistic elements to highlight the strength and beauty of women. Along with a busy painting and exhibition schedule, Shana runs a private art school out of her studio. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her kids and fiance. Shana’s works can be seen in regular exhibitions across the United States and abroad as well as being represented by McLarry Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
Heartland Art Club serves and promotes artists in the heartland of America. The club supports and encourages the creation of quality representational art through education, exhibits, and engagement. Its purpose is to elevate representational art, its disciplines, and history.