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Introduction to Drawing

Instructor: Alexis Amann
12 Sessions / Tuesdays, September 10–November 26
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: Studio 14
Number: DR1006
Tuition: $480
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Drawing can be a way of seeing, a way of thinking, and a way to generate and record ideas. Students will be introduced to the basics of drawing including drawing from observation, mark-making, gesture drawing, negative space, contour drawing, perspective and composition, value, and figure drawing. These skills will be synthesized in a self-generated final project which will explore concept, idea generation, and personal vision. Students will have brief sketchbook drawing exercises in addition to in-class projects. Group discussions at the end of each project will give students a chance to evaluate their own and each other’s work critically. Brief slide lectures and discussion will link students’ explorations to historical and contemporary drawing practices. No prerequisite.

Alexis Amann was born in Rochester, NY, raised on the Oregon Coast, and now lives and paints in San Francisco, CA. Her acrylic gouache paintings on paper contain layers of worlds populated by women, monsters, fish, mermaids, rabbits, houses, boats, whales, demons, harpies, and other flora and fauna driven by the forces of love and water, and exist as both large-scale installations and smaller works. Amann received an MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA from Portland State University in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Pacific Northwest, and New York.

The Body in Pieces: Intermediate Life Drawing

Instructor: Michelle Ramin
12 Sessions / Wednesdays, September 11–December 4, no class on Wednesday, November 27
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm
Location: Studio 13
Number: DR1011
Tuition: $480
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The goal of this course is to gain a heightened understanding of the relationships between the body’s various parts and features in order to further inform, investigate, and grow individual studio practices. Students will develop their technical drawing facility while considering the body’s fragmented parts in relation to the whole and the figure’s surrounding environment. The course emphasizes focused observation of the human figure as seen, explored, and drawn from life. Students will use previously learned drawing strategies to develop their understanding of perspective, foreshortening, composition, and use of light and shadow. Integration of concept and point-of-view will be encouraged throughout in-class drawings as well as for the final homework assignment. Prerequisite: Intro to Drawing, Intro to Life Drawing (preferred)

Hailing from North Central Pennsylvania by way of Portland, Oregon, Michelle Ramin received her BA from Penn State University and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Ramin has exhibited locally and internationally, including at SOMArts, Southern Exposure, and Incline Gallery in San Francisco as well as Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, Froelick Gallery in Portland, the Contemporary Art Center in Las Vegas, and PR1 Gallery in the UK. Ramin’s work has also been featured in such publications as the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, Beautiful Decay, FecalFace, and New American Paintings, and is included in the Jimenez-Colon permanent collection in Puerto Rico. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Open Drawing Studio

Fridays, September 6–November 22, no session October 18
Time: 5:30–8:30 pm
Location: Studio 14
Tuition: Free (no advanced registration is necessary)

SFAI’s well-known Friday Open Drawing Studio has been an art resource in the Bay Area since the 1950s. It provides students with a great opportunity to draw from a live model in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

The Open Drawing Studio is sponsored by SFAI alumna Judith Krebs Snyderman (BFA Painting, 1994).