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Figure Drawing – Methods & Materials of the Renaissance, the Baroque, & the 18th Century with Jon DeMartin


Instructor: Jon DeMartin
Dates:  June 28-30, 2024
Times: 9 am–4 pm (break 12–1 pm)
Workshop Location: Weir Studio, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Levels/Ages: This workshop is open to all levels.

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 In this three-day workshop, students draw the figure from life using the mediums and techniques of the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the 18th century. Mornings are dedicated to both short poses and demonstrations that cover each phase of a drawing, from the gesture to modeling form with light and shade. In the afternoons, students draw a long pose, allowing them to apply the material and objectives covered during morning sessions.

Recommended reading: Jon DeMartin, Drawing Atelier – The Figure: How to Draw in the Classical Style 

Instructor's Supply List

Workshop students receive 10% off the purchase of supplies and materials in de Gerenday’s Fine Art Materials and Curiosities, Lyme Academy’s school art store. Sculpture students can purchase materials and pick up supplies in the sculpture studio.

  • Sketchbook or Notebook
  • Fusain Nitram HB Vine Charcoal
  • Chalk Holder (see image and *note below)
  • General’s charcoal pencils (or similar) medium grade
  • General’s charcoal white 558
  • Single-edge razor blades
  • Kneaded eraser
  • 18” x 24” White Strathmore Charcoal pad or 5 loose sheets
  • 18” x 24” Strathmore Series 500 charcoal paper or 5 loose sheets, middle to light grey or a neutral color
  • 1 thin metal knitting needle or bicycle spoke (for ‘gauging’ i.e., plumbing and leveling)

Recommended, but not required:

  • A 5” chalk holder*
  • Cretacolor Charcoal Medium & white chalk leads

Artist Bio

Jon deMartin has taught life drawing and painting for more than twenty-years at the most prestigious academies and ateliers in the country.  Among them are the Arts Students League, the New York Academy of Art, the Grand Central Academy of Art, the Janus Collaborative School of Art, Studio Incamminati, and the Parsons School of Design.  He has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, the John Pence gallery, the Arnot Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Florence Griswald Museum, and the Beijing World Art Museum, featured in the exhibit ‘Contemporary American Realism’.

Jon’s work has been reproduced in publications such as ‘The Classicist’, ‘ Classical Drawing Atelier’, ‘Lessons in Classical Drawing’, Watson-Guptill Publications. ‘Star Wars Art: Visions’, (Abrams Publication), and the ‘Classical Life Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing’, Sterling Publications.  He has written and illustrated over twenty-five articles on classical figure drawing technique for ‘Drawing Magazine’.  His work has been featured in magazines such as Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector.

In his paintings, Jon concentrates on the figure placed in outdoor and interior situations, as well as portraits and industrial landscapes.


Instagram @jondemartin

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de Gerenday’s Fine Art Materials and Curiosities, our school art store is open Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm & Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm. For assistance on securing supplies in advance use the de Gerenday’s website, or call 860.434.8725.