ONSITE: Master Drawing Workshop: Bargue Drawing Skills

In this weekend course we will 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 in 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 you have learned to drawing from life, you will become a more confident artist.This class teaches essential realist techniques that will prepare you for the following classes: Traditional Figure Drawing, The Noir Portrait, and Secrets of Classical Drawing. This one day Saturday class can also be taken concurrently with those classes.

Special Notes

  • Instructor speaks Spanish, but the class is held in English.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. 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.

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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: Master Drawing Workshop: Bargue Drawing Skills

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January 13 - January 1410 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Days: Sun Sat
Tuition: $155.00
Member Tuition: $139.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Salis Dembling
Level: All Levels