Students will first study how the figure is made up of simple geometric shapes and planes by working from a live model, in a studio setting. Rob will teach a system of figure drawing that includes rhythm, proportion, structure, and form in a manner that is easy to grasp for artists of all levels of experience.
Each class will begin with a lecture and then students will work on some short poses that illustrate a given concept, and then one longer pose that will last for the entire 2 day workshop.
Students can expect to complete a very finished figure drawing by the end of the workshop, as well as many short sketches and anatomical notes.
While students will be drawing for the shorter poses, students may paint the longer pose in oils if they wish, in whatever medium they prefer.
A list of materials will be provide upon registration.
Robert Zeller is an artist and writer, based in Oyster Bay, NY.. Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. In addition, he continued his study of classical form with private anatomical study with the sculptor Sabin Howard, and also at the Water Street Atelier. He is the recipient of two Posey Fellowships in 1998 and 2000, respectively, and was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007.
Zeller has exhibited his artwork in Los Angeles, Houston, and Paris. His work is in personal and corporate collections in the US, Mexico and Europe In January 2009, he founded the Teaching Studios of Art, an art school devoted to teaching traditional techniques to artists of all ages and skill levels. Over 9 years, the school has hosted classes and workshops taught by some of the finest faculty working in Figurative art today.
He has written a book about the Figure for Monacelli Press, called The Figurative Artist’s Handbook which was released in April 2017. In addition, he has written essays for The Brooklyn Rail and Drawing Magazine. In 2014, he was the subject of a feature profile in Professional Artist Magazine. He has been quoted or written about in several other national publications, including American Artist and Studios magazines.
Zeller was the co-curator of The New Baroque, an exhibition at Booth Gallery in NYC from November 2017- January 2018, based on The Figurative Artist’s Handbook and featured 21 of the artists included in the book and a couple of others, encompassing contemporary figure painting as well as sculpture.