Chelsea Classical Studio School of Fine Art

Drawing, Painting and Sculpture Based on the Human Figure

Drawing the Portrait in Red Chalk
Dan Thompson
May 21, 28 & June 4, 11, 2017 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Drawing by Dan Thompson

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Product Description

This historically based drawing workshop will examine the portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper. In an extended portrait pose, participants will learn about mark making—particularly hatch mark as they discover the differences in binding media and their potential applications. Students will build up their pieces to describe nuances of features in the human face after chiseling the major planes. Contour, linear characteristics, editing forms and insights offered by the instructor should provide a strong foundation upon which to develop more proficient life drawing skills. Additional time in order to prepare the paper will be required.

Dan Thompson has been awarded extensively for his artwork, receiving the Grand Prize for Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art, two Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, as well as many others. He has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center.

Mr. Thompson co-founded two schools of art in New York City: the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art. He has served on the M.F.A. faculty of the New York Academy of Art for fifteen years, and is both a faculty member of Studio Incamminati and an associate of the Artistic Advisory Committee.

Mr. Thompson’s work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the John Noble Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol and Beijing’s World Art Museum.

2 Sunday mornings in May & 2 Sunday mornings in June, 2017
May 21, 2017 10:00 pm – 5:00 pm (6 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)
May 28, 2017 10:00 pm – 5:00 pm (6 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)
June 4, 2017 10:00 pm – 5:00 pm (6 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)
June 11, 2017  10:00 pm – 5:00 pm (6 hours of lessons – 1 hour for lunch)

$125/class or save $50 and book all four classes for $450 (includes 4 classes – 24 hours of lessons)

Material List

– Eraserstik, pink pearl eraser (for erasing through the tone – kneaded erasers are too weak for this)
– kneaded eraser
– drawing boards and large clips/clamps
– roll of masking tape

– A “chalky” pencil: Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencil (terra cotta/earth red color(s) examples: no. 655, 675 or Conte pastel pencil- red earth (as close to the color of the waxy pencil as possible)
– A “waxy” pencil: Sanford Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils- earth red color(s) (Terra Cotta, no. 745 1/2) or similar (In a typical art store, look for all the “earth red” colors…rubbing the tips of various pencils on a throw way piece of paper; arrive at 4 or 5 similar colored “pencils”. For example, a CarbOthello earth red/orange, no. 1400/675 “pastel pencil” can then be swapped out for a Faber-Castell PITT PASTEL, no. 1122-188, which is slightly darker; a Conte Sanguine pencil (not stick) can also be used, prior to the waxy (more permanent) material: The Verithin (listed above), Cretacolor Sanguine (2) 462 02, a KOH-I-NOOR Progresso 8750-22, a Faber Colorama 8013 and/or a DIXON 386 solid red crayon. The contemporary term, ‘mixed media’ applies to red chalk)
– blending stump

– A 1″ cheap bristle brush for toning paper
– 1 throwaway plastic tray
– 1 small tube of ultramarine blue watercolor
– 1 small tube of raw umber watercolor
– 31 x 41″ GUTENBERG LAID – “mouldmade from 100% high alpha cellulose; laid surface with 4 deckles. Light tan speckled with brown. Neutral pH”*; 130 or 180 gsm weight (not the lightweight variety); 1 – 2 sheets


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Dan Thompson

Class Amount

1 Class, 4 Classes


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