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Exhibition Detail
Constructive Deconstruction: Breaking Down the Figure in Oil
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

September 10th, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
, Jordan SokolJordan Sokol, Oil on canvas
© Jordan Sokol
, Amaya GúrpideAmaya Gúrpide, oil on canvas
© Amaya Gúrpide
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Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm, Sat-Sun: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Art Students League of New York
realism, figurative, traditional

Jordan Sokol featuring Amaya Gúrpide
Constructive Deconstruction: Breaking Down the Figure in Oil
September 10–14, Monday–Friday
AM session: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
PM session: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
AM or PM session: $425
Both sessions: $800
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

This collaborative workshop is designed to provide a rational approach to seeing and painting the figure from life. By deconstructing the visual experience into separate organized elements, we can develop a structured thought process for translating those elements accurately in paint. The workshop will focus on one long pose to experience the various stages of the painting process. Daily demonstrations and individualized critiques will guide students through concepts of figure construction including anatomy, form, the figure’s relationship to light, the optical impression, and the use of a reduced palette providing students with the tools necessary to construct a convincing figure painting.

Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gúrpide were born in New York and Spain respectively, and have been trained classically in the US and in Europe. Jordan Sokol studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Florence Academy of Art, where he is currently the director of the intermediate painting program. Amaya Gúrpide studied at the Art Students League, Grand Central Academy, and the National Academy.  She is currently teaching drawing and anatomy at ESDIP in Madrid. They have both taught at the Gage Academy of Art, the Janus Collaborative School of Art and the Museum of Navarra (Spain). Their drawings and paintings are in private collections throughout Europe and the US. For more information, please visit and

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