Three non-stop days of drawing the figure to vibrantly expand and transform the experience of working from life.

Original approaches to perception will allow preconceptions of figure drawing to give way to the vital forces of visual energy, space, and the individual quest for form and expression.

Working with small and large formats, using different media, and both fleeting and fixed poses dramatically advances involvement with the figure as an art form onto itself.

Exploring energy inherent in gesture, mass and movement accelerate potentials in relation to personal vision.

The role of observation and imagination will be unified in the creation of meaningful visual metaphor.

The effect that drawing with color has on space and emotional response will be explored as a means to clarify intent for drawing.

Slide lectures and individual and group critiques combine to encourage context and cohesion of effort in developing an individual approach to the figure.

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Lon Clark has been working with the figure
since the early 1960s; first as a part of the art colony of Woodstock, New York, then of the Southern California coastline, eventually settling
in the Bay Area. He studied with the American painter Edwin Dickinson, whose approach was in part an extension of the teaching of Charles W. Hawthorn. He also studied with Mercedes Matter, painter, founder of the New York Studio School, a student as well as close friend of Hans Hofmann, and daughter of the American colorist Arthur B. Carles. This rich and unusual confluence of modernist heritage in American art resulted in Clark's ongoing dedication to working from life and with the figure as a contemporary form of art. He has a deep interest in promoting individual vision through a vital encounter with the observed subject. Understanding drawing as visual structure, the sensate experience of the language of drawing, and the role of imagination in visual problem solving are among the topics he engages in this workshop.

Clark was a student founder of the New York Studio School, co-founder of the Woodstock School of Art and co-founder of the San Francisco Studio School where he is Dean of the school. His work is in various collections and has won many awards. With over 40 years teaching experience, he communicates enthusiasm for the challenges confronting the contemporary visual artist. He particularly supports drawing the figure on a level of aesthetic ambition parallel to painting itself.

Laura Hardenʼs work has a strong basis in color as the dominant force in structuring her painting. Noted by San Francisco art critic Kenneth Baker, Harden's work creates an archetypal sense of subject matter through a particular tension between the forces of form and color. Having
been awarded her MFA in 2004, Harden represents a new generation’s revitalization of the discipline of drawing and painting. She is dedicated to the visual over the literal in art and to continued flourishing of drawing and painting as a substantial force in the expanded field of art today.

Director and co-founder of the San Francisco Studio School, Harden has also placed importance on relevant education in visual art. Over recent years her paintings and photography have been included in numerous exhibitions including "Values: Drawing and Photography," "Surface and Substance, Works on Paper," and "The Nature of Landscape" at the SFSS Gallery, San Francisco. She was a panelist with curator Peter Selz discussing, "The Commoditization of Art and Its Significance
to the Authentic Artist Today." She has been on an Accession Committee of SFMOMA since 2007.

Harden received her Bachelor of Arts from the American University in Washington DC, and her MFA from Academy of Art, where she formerly held the position of full time faculty.

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