Master Drawing Class: Bargue Drawing Skills

Students learn all about accurately judging proportion and achieving likeness. We will copy the master drawings of 19th Century artist Charles Bargue, who created a drawing course that was popular in the ateliers and academies of Europe during that century. This knowledge is no longer off limits to women and people of color as it was back then, nor is it hidden away in the ateliers of today. By copying these drawings and then applying what is learned, from simple geometric objects and then still lifes, students will become more confident as artists. This class teaches essential realist techniques that will prepare them for the following classes: Traditional Figure Drawing, The Noir Portrait, Cast Drawing, and Secrets of Classical Drawing.

Special Notes

  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    Due to a set of stairs, this classroom is not wheelchair accessible. 
    On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.
    Instructor speaks Spanish, but the class is held in English.

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About the Instructor

Salis Dembling

Salis was raised in New York City and Massachusetts and spent formative years in L.A. and South America. She's mixed/Black and the daughter of Black Historian Sterling Stuckey and granddaughter of poet Elma Stuckey She studied drawing and sculpture at Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She studied painting and illustration at The School of Visual Arts and in the studio of portrait painter John Murray, both in New York as well. She completed the professional four year atelier painting program and teacher training program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. As well as being a visual artist she is a musician/composer. She co-founded art and activism collectives and a radical community center called Better than Television.

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Master Drawing Class: Bargue Drawing Skills

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Class Details
October 8 - November 126 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $205.00
Member Tuition: $184.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Salis Dembling
Level: All Levels