Drawing the Figure from Life: Positive and Negative Space



This workshop with instructor Allison Hill-Edgar will give all students, from beginner to advanced, the opportunity to draw from the human figure in person. Starting with quick gestural poses, students will explore how to freely capture the subject’s essential movement while considering the factors that contribute to dynamism and balance. With medium-length poses, the class will look at how to depict structure, proportion, and volume with anatomical accuracy. Finally, longer poses will enable students to both capture the essential human form and delve into detail. Each week, the class will explore different materials, techniques, lighting, and compositional elements. While the drawing techniques will build on lessons from previous weeks, classes also can be taken individually. A materials list will be provided.

Individual classes can be selected at the cost of $60 Members/$70 Non-Members per class. If you wish to register, please call 607-547-1510.

Weekly Drawing Classes:

I: Gesture and Balance (June 28)

II: Proportion (July 5)

III: Line and Contour (July 12)

IV: Positive and Negative Space (July 19)

V: Light and Volume I – using grayscale on white paper (July 26)

VI: Light and Volume II – working on toned paper (Aug 2)

VII: Long pose I – drawing from a plaster cast or skeleton (Aug 9)

VIII: Long pose II – drawing from life (Aug 16)

Individual classes can be selected at the cost of $60 Members/$70 Non-Members per class. If you wish to register, please call 607-547-1510.

About Allison Hill-Edgar…
Allison Hill-Edgar is an artist, art historian, and MD who focuses on the intersection of art, medicine, and gender. She has a BA in Art History from Harvard, an MD from Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, and an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. In addition to studying drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and art history in the US, Italy, and France, she was awarded a scholarship from the US Senate to study art and culture in Japan. While pursuing her MFA at the NYAA, she received the Portrait Scholars Award and a residency in Russia.

In addition to her studio practice, commissions, and exhibitions, which explore the human body from many perspectives through painting, collage, and mixed media, she teaches and lectures on the visual arts, art history, and the history of anatomy. In 2020 she was awarded the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine (NIH) for an ongoing research project, “Reframing Anatomical History Through the Female Body,” and gave their annual lecture in 2021.


Tuesday, July 19, 2022
6:00 pm — 8:30 pm (2h 30′)

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