Cast Drawing (Graphite)

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Learn how to create a cast drawing to historic levels of excellence. This 8-week course also includes the 8-week Intro to Classical Drawing and the 8-week Bargue Plate Drawing courses, so students of all levels who work through all the lessons are well-prepared to execute their own masterful cast drawing.

Drawing by instructor Ian Hurtado Zafra

The study of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was the foundation for art instruction through the 19th century. Plaster casts of sculptures were collected by ateliers and academies so art students could study them as preparation for figure study in the life studio.

In this course you’ll watch atelier instructor Ian Hurtado Zafra demonstrate drawing a scaled-down reproduction of the ancient Greek Venus de Milo sculpture, using the classical method already introduced in our earlier courses.

Ian spent over 120 hours creating this drawing, and we’ve edited it into eight lessons showing in-depth, comprehensive video footage of each stage of the drawing. The entire process is documented from beginning to end, including hi-resolution closeups of Ian’s masterful shading technique in more detail than is observable even in person.

Students are advised to first work from an affordable “Feature of David” cast to learn all the steps of the process through studying these simple forms. Advanced students who are ready to invest in a more complex cast can choose from a variety of sizes, complexity and price ranges. Instructions for where to order casts from the US or Europe included.

Drawing by instructor Ian Hurtado Zafra

Course Duration
For those who are able to practice 10-20 hours a week, the course can be completed in about 8 weeks. There are no due dates or deadlines for our courses, so students can start at any time and work at their own pace.