ONSITE: Learn to Draw from Cast Objects (Ages 15–18)

Cast drawing is a traditional method of teaching drawing that was popularized in the 19th Century. Students will draw from casts of sculptures and learn materials handling, methods to master proportions, and techniques for depicting form using line and shading. The main objective of the course is to teach students how to see in a new way. Students will learn how to get an accurate likeness and how to create the illusion of 3 dimensional form on a 2 dimensional sheet of paper. We will have access to various casts of sculptures from the 19th Century back to antiquity. This is a time-honored method for teaching Realist techniques. It is a preferred method because we can study the figure without being pressed for time or being thrown off by the model moving. Historically, students drew from casts and copied master drawings before drawing the model from life. This course is structured so as to teach solid skills and problem-solving techniques and to build knowledge and confidence- all in a supportive, encouraging atmosphere.

Special Notes

  • Basic drawing skills are requited. The ateliers and academies that taught these techniques were off limits to women and people of color, and currently ateliers and most art schools are still not very accessible, Salis, the instructor, takes great pride in sharing this knowledge with all.

    This teacher speaks Spanish, but the class is held in English.

    This class counts as a core class in our Art League Certificate Program.

     This is an ONSITE course. Students are expected to adhere to our COVID-19 policies. For more info please visit 

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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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ONSITE: Learn to Draw from Cast Objects (Ages 15–18)

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April 18 - May 234:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Day: Thu
Tuition: $125.00
Member Tuition: $112.50
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Instructor: Salis Dembling