Chelsea Classical Studio School of Fine Art

Drawing, Painting and Sculpture Based on the Human Figure

Drawing the Portrait and Figure with White Chalk
Dominique Medici
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 Tuesday Afternoons) 1 pm- 4 pm


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Product Description


As aspiring artists we are always searching for ways to understand and capture light in our work. Leonardo Da Vinci says it best, “Of the original phenomena, light is the most enthralling.” When you use white chalk on black paper you are drawing the light and see the forms emerge from the dark background. This teaches you how to control value and yields a beautiful and mysterious quality.

“Shadows which you see with difficulty, and whose boundaries you cannot define… these you should not represent as finished or sharply defined, for the result would be that your work would seem wooden”. -Leonardo da Vinci

Lose the “wooden” quality in your work by learning how to vary edges. Lost and found edges make your work alive by creating depth and volume. This is a valuable component in taking your work to the next step. This is going to be a fun class. Space is limited.


Dominique Medici is a NYC-based artist specializing in both Egg tempera and Oil painting. She studied in London and has exhibited internationally, including Art in Action, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Christies Young Artist Exhibition and the Society of Portrait Painters. She was a semi finalist in 2006 Outwin Boochevor Portrait Completion and recently received awards in the 2014 Portrait Society of America members show, Oil Painters of America’s 24th Annual National Juried Show and the Margaret Dole Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 118th Annual Exhibition . Dominique has undertaken numerous international portrait commissions and her work in displayed in many private collections throughout Europe and the US, Dominique has a passion for teaching and has taught extensively both privately and publicly.

“I love working from life with direct observation because it is tangible and concrete. However, there is something that lies behind the obvious, a sense of mystery and wonder. Whether it is the model in the studio, a stream in woods or a crowded downtown scene, life has a sparkle and shimmer, I love connecting with that and trying to get an expression of it directly in my work. I am always searching for a quality of stillness in my work. There is a profound and serene joy that washes over when the boundary between subject and object is lost. My hope is that my viewers get a sense of this when looking at my work”—Dominique Medici

4 Tuesday nights in September, 2017
September 5, 2017 : Intro, Demo, Q&A and 1 – 1 hr portrait
September 12, 2017 : We will draw 1 – 3 hr figure
September 19, 2017 : We will draw 1 – 3 hr portrait
September 26, 2017 : We will paint 1 – 3 hr portrait or figure

$215 (includes 4 classes)

Open to all skill levels.

Max 10 students.

Material List
If you do not have your own materials for $20 I can provide/rent : drawing board, paper, eraser, and white chalk and spring clamps. (email me to let me know)

Drawing Board:
Bring an 11”x14” or 12 x 16 Masonite board.
Binder or bulldog clips x4

Generals White Charcoal x4

Kneader eraser x2

Bring a retractable razor blade to sharpen your pencils

Paper :
Canson XL Black Drawing Pad – 12″ x 9″, wire bound

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Dominique Medici

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