Figure Drawing on Toned Paper

Juliette Aristides is a Seattle based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Aristides is the founder and instructor of the Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA. Juliette teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. Author of Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice, Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice, Lessons in Classical Drawing and Lessons in Classical Painting, published by Watson-Guptill, NY. Vice President and Cofounder of the Da Vinci Initiative. Providing artistic training to public school educators nationally, Aristides frequently contributes to Artist & Illustrators and Artists Magazine. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American Artist and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine. She exhibits in one person and group shows nationally including a solo exhibition, “Observations” at the Reading Public Museum of Art in Reading, Pennsylvania (2014).
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • A drawing board (Gage may have some available) padded with newsprint paper
  • 5-10 good pieces of charcoal paper and toned paper (such as Strathmore or Fabriano Ingres)
  • Vine charcoal in hard, medium and soft (Webber brand suggested)
  • A white charcoal pencil- or some kind of white pastel pencil
  • Sketchbook for notes and quick sketches
  • Chamois
  • 220 sand paper
  • Blades, or a pencil sharpener
  • Thin knitting needle or some equivalent for measuring
  • A kneaded eraser for charcoal (a hard erasure for graphite)
  • A spool of black sewing thread to use as a plumb line


  • conte pencil
  • graphite on toned pencil paper (hotpress)

Recommend Reading: Lessons in Classical Drawing by Juliette Aristides

Explore atmospheric use of tone in this figure-drawing immersion with renowned Atelier instructor Juliette Aristides. Strong management of values in a composition is responsible for much of the power and visual impact of a work of art. Using the figure model as your subject, you will look at many different aspects of tone such as composition, shape, edges and contrast. You will create two kinds of work: a reductive drawing where you apply the charcoal first and remove the tone to reveal a strong value pattern. In addition, you will draw on toned paper with white, where the charcoal or pencil is built up gradually to create form.