In Person, Oscar Peterson, Classes, Classes and Workshops, Adult (age 16+), Drawing & Illustration

Life Drawing

Life Drawing

Thursdays, 8 weeks
7:00 pm
9:30 pm
No Class on Thursday, July 4

In this class, you will learn how to see and interpret the dynamic movement of the human body by working directly from a nude model. Working in graphite or charcoal, you will develop an understanding of gesture and rhythm with short poses, gradually making your way up to longer, more intensive studies focused on proportion and shading. Sketch directly from the figure to explore the human form and anatomy, proportion and scale, and explore variation and invention when interpreting a pose. This class is especially useful for strengthening the portfolio of students 16 and older who need life drawing experience not provided in the high school art curriculum.

Both new and experienced students are welcome.

Please note: This class uses both female and male nude models.

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Adult (age 16+)
Drawing & Illustration
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Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson was born in Harlem, New York, raised in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently a resident of Millburn Township, NJ. He has worked as a professional art director and designer/illustrator for various corporations and non-profits, and as a commissioned fine arts painter who specializes in portraiture. An alumnus of Pratt Institute and The Art Students League of NY, Peterson has studied with such leading realist painters as Nelson Shanks, Max Ginsberg, and Costa Vavagiakis. A winner of the prestigious Gonzalez-Edwards Travel grant, his work appears in corporate and private collections and museums across the country.

Peterson mostly paints from life, using traditional methods and techniques while incorporating new ideas and personal observations. His preferred medium is oil, although he frequently uses many mediums. Describing his paintings as “Contemporary Realism with an Impressionistic feel,” Peterson’s artistic style is inspired by the Impressionists and the Old Masters. His approach echoes a favorite quote from Alberto Giacometti; “The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”

His work can be viewed at his website here.