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Workshop – Jon deMartin, Methods & Materials of the Baroque & 18th Century. September 27-29, 2021

NEW DATE: September 27-29, 2021
ONLINE: via Zoom

FOCUS: Portrait Drawing—Methods & Materials of the Baroque & 18th Century

In this three-day workshop we’ll be concentrating on drawing the portrait in the mediums and techniques that are consistent with the Renaissance, Baroque and 18th Century tradition. This workshop will emphasize the importance of drawing as the root of all classical art.

This workshop’s goal is to draw a well-proportioned and well-constructed head that shows a secure understanding of the model’s construction in both line and light and shade. Lectures and demonstrations will be given to lead the students through each step, with a clear and logical process of their drawing.

We’ll explore the materials and paper choices available to the artist for their personal goals. Since the class is online, the self-portrait or another sitter available to you will be our subject. If the student owns a plaster cast* of a head, or mask from antiquity, that can also be our subject. We’ll also review the importance of being familiar not only with the overall construction of the head but also its individual features.

For a deeper look into drawing the head and its construction we recommend Jon’s book: Drawing Atelier—the figure: how to draw in the classical style.


•  General charcoal pencils (or similar) in medium, or Wolff’s carbon pencil B

•  White chalk pencils or chalks

•  Single edge razor blades

•  Kneaded eraser

•  Strathmore white charcoal paper 18” x 24”

•  Charcoal tone paper (middle grey)

•  Drawing Board with pad clamps

*For plaster casts, visit– https://www.capronicollection.com/

Full Participation Option—includes critiques and interaction online with Jon. Limited to 25 students.
PSA Members – $425    Non-Members – $450

Audit Only Option—students can attend (without direct interaction with Jon) and may ask questions via chat.
Their portraits will not be critiqued, but they may observe the critiques of the full attendees.
PSA Members – $250    Non-Members – $275


TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP, fill in the form below. You’ll receive an email when your registration is completed. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact Amanda Bonner at 615 878-7773.

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ABOUT JON: Jon deMartin is among the leading figurative artists working today and 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.

He grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and later moved to New York where he graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Filmmaking. He subsequently enrolled at the Art Students League, and also studied privately with Michael Aviano. He currently lives in White Plains and teaches in his studio in Port Chester, New York.

Jon’s work has been reproduced in publications such as The Classicist, Classical Drawing Atelier, Lessons in Classical Drawing, Watson-Guptil 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.

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

To see more: https://www.jondemartin.com/