Hands and Feet
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Human extremities are both important and difficult parts of human depiction. Hands are especially meaningful for portraiture—almost as important as the face. To obtain the mastery for capturing both, one needs to grasp core ideas of their structures (the fundamentals that create the foundation of understanding), as well as practice working from life.
This workshop is dedicated to familiarizing students to those ideas. Students will learn from anatomical exploration, as well as from the instructor’s international experience of teaching those topics in the manner of European academies (like Repin Academy in St. Petersburg and German Academy in Dresden). The workshop will include drawing and painting from the model, anatomy casts and skeleton. All levels are welcome.
Leonid Gervits belongs to the European/Russian realist tradition of painting and drawing. In 1966, he graduated from the Odessa Art College; and in 1973, he received an MFA from Repin Academy, where he later worked as a professor for sixteen years. Mr. Gervits moved to the United States in 1991, working as an instructor at the New York Academy from 1992 to 2000. He has been an instructor at the Art Students League since 1997. An artist of the realist tradition and of serious academic training, Mr. Gervits is able to work in a broad spectrum of genres. For more information, visit www.gervits.com