Draw & Paint with Lucas - HOW TO DRAW WHAT YOU SEE

Draw & Paint with Lucas - HOW TO DRAW WHAT YOU SEE

  • $180.00

Join Catherine Lucas at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) and learn to draw what you see! This class explores the perceptual process of vision in drawing realistic subjects. When it comes to drawing what we see, it’s more important to learn “what to draw” than “how to draw. In other words, to observe and draw what we actually see, not what we think we see.

In this class students will learn to accurately draw subjects from life, not only by observing what they actually see, but also through understanding the nature of light and inherent quality of forms. This is the same optical tradition in which masters
like Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Vermeer employed in their investigation
into the essential qualities of light and the construct of form. Here, students
will render subjects in the same optical tradition, learning to construct and
model form by gaining an understanding of the character of light and by
learning about what they are drawing.

The Envelope and Block-in approach to the drawing process will be
introduced in this course along with an emphasis on Gesture, Contour,
Light and Shadow and understanding form with “drawing on the inside”.
Students will work primarily from still life.

Students will expect to accomplish:
1. An approach to inaugurate the drawing process
2. An understanding of the nature of light in modeling or constructing 3-
dimensional form on 2-dimensional surface.
3. A working knowledge of various dry drawing media and their surface
4. An understanding of design and composition.


HOW TO DRAW WHAT YOU SEE: $180 (VAC Members $144)

6 WEEK CLASS: Wednesday, 1pm-4pm

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Class Sessions:  Class meets once each week for 3 hours and is offered in 6 weekly sessions.

Registration: Registration closes 72 hours prior to start date. If you miss the start date, email info@visualartcenter.org and ask to join mid-session. Please register and reserve your space online so we can send you instructions and video links. If you have difficulty registering online, please call the VAC at 941-639-8810 (10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday), or email info@visualartcenter.org and someone will help you.

All class dates and times are subject to change. Classes with a start date within 30 days require payment in full to reserve a place. Prepaid class fees (paid more than 30 days in advance) are refundable less a non-refundable reservation deposit of $25 (VAC Members $20) up until 30 days prior to a class start date at which time all class fees become non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by the VAC.  

Please register early. Classes with less than five registered students may be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance of the start date.  Cancellation notifications are made by email and/or telephone (including voice messages) to the email address and telephone number on file. Please check your voice mail and email prior to leaving for class.