All About Gesture Drawing w/Barbara Fugate

Wednesday | 4/10-5/8 | 1:30-4:30 P.M.

Barbara Fugate received her MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. She has exhibited in Kentucky, Washington and New York and is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitch Abala, and “Contemporary Drawing” by Margaret Davidson. Barbara teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and conducts art workshops in Washington and abroad. “Drawing and painting is about discovery, revealing a reality that is ever more authentic and genuine to me. What is most inspirational is the transient nature of life; things dynamic, moving, and in transition.” –Barbara Fugate
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Level Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • (1) 100 sheet pad ROUGH NEWSPRINT 24X36”. Please ONLY BRING THIS SIZE. Be sure it’s rough. You will need around 30-40 sheets per class.
  • Needed beginning the second week: 15 SHEETS Inexpensive Drawing Paper 24×36″ (80 lb weight): The best value is mail-ordering a 100-sheet pack through Dick Blick (Dick Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper, 80 lb.). The class may want to make a group order to share. We will review this during the first meeting.
  • (1) 9×12” SPIRAL BOUND SKETCHBOOK: Recommended paper weight is 90-100 lbs.
  • (2) 12-stick pack: BLACK CHARCOAL STICKS. Brands: Sargent or Dick Blick’s “Blick square charcoal sticks” box, item # 20016-2129. (I do NOT recommend Alphacolor brand).
  • 1 stick COMPRESSED CHARCOAL, soft or medium (3B recommended). Recommended brands: PITT, or Generals Brand JUMBO COMPRESSED CHARCOAL (rectangular and flat shaped) type—soft.
  • 1 bottle BLACK Drawing Ink (a strong color is OK): The drawing ink brands I recommend are Dick Blick brand, sumi ink, Pelikan, F&W (for colors), or Speedball (do NOT purchase Higgins or Winsor & Newton inks, they’re too weak in pigment).
  • 1 Small CHAMOIS
  • 2 LARGE CLIPS to hold paper to your board. I recommend extra-large black binder clips found at office supply stores.
  • 1 medium or large ROUND BAMBOO BRUSH. Or, a large watercolor round brush if you already own one.
  • 1 LARGE PLASTIC CONTAINER to hold water for drawing ink (quart size yogurt containers work great)
  • 2 SMALL PLASTIC CONTAINERS for ink washes (cups or jars)—with lids are best (or just bring one large lidded jar to keep and transport home ink washes).
  • DRAWING BOARD, around 30X40”. Half-inch thick Foam Core Board is highly recommended. These are available at art stores pre-cut. They are very durable, inexpensive, and lightweight. (Note, do not purchase GatorBoard).
Hone your ability to quickly visualize the figure as it exists in space making fast gesture drawings in charcoal, ink wash and limited color. Gesture drawing expands your visual vocabulary of line, shape, value, and color— with the constant aim of expressing “how things are” rather than describing “what they are.” This five-week course is a primer on the practice of gesture drawing. Providing you an opportunity to dive into the many drawing challenges Gesture Drawing provides. Create a multitude of drawings on 24″ x 36″ paper, working approximately life-size.