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Drawing for Pleasure 1S20 CANCELED

Stretch yourself as you experience the pleasure of drawing. Expand from charcoal into additional media and color, and merge observation with expression. Includes three sessions with a live model. For both beginning and intermediate-level artists. Limit 10 students

Robert Siegelman

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Robert Siegelman is a photographer and printmaker whose teaching is also an art. He teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, works with artists privately, and leads workshops and classes throughout New England. 

He is represented in Boston by Gallery NAGA, and his work is in many collections including Boston Public Library, MIT, Harvard University Art Museums, DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York City) and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and has been exhibited and published internationally. He is included in the books 100 Boston Artists by Chawky Frenn and Self Portraits by Others, organized by Hunter O’Hanian.

This story from “The Moth,” the popular NPR series, features Robert Siegelman – "Bob" – in a story called "How to Draw a Nekkid Man," by Tricia Rose Burt, about a class he taught at the Museum School. It reflects his power as a transformative teacher.

Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Art Critique
Materials & Tools:

In order to foster a wide range of experimentation, you are encouraged to bring a variety of materials to work with.  Wet materials (with the exception of oil paint), as well dry, are fine.  Feel free to bring collage materials as well. Please wear clothes that you are comfortable in, and that can get dirty.  Feel free to wear an apron, smock, or coveralls.

Bring to first classes:             

  • Charcoal, a box of twelve sticks, such a Blick’s own brand or Art Alternatives,  (Not Alpha-Color)
  • Newsprint, at least 18x24 inches, 100 sheets, or better drawing paper, if you like, such as Bristol paper.

Other materials:  (Bring if you have, or buy if you wish to.)

  • Graphite
  • Conte crayons
  • Lumber crayons
  • Watercolor crayons
  • Kneaded erasers
  • White plastic eraser
  • Colored pencils
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Various kinds of charcoal lump or stump
  • Alphacolor, non-toxic Pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Oil sticks, oil bars, pigment bars
  • Gouache, acrylics, or watercolors, and related supplies (brushes, palette, cups etc.)
  • Sponges
  • Glue and various papers that can be used for collage (NO RUBBER CEMENT / NO SPRAY GLUE)
  • Ink, brushes, sticks, and pens
  • Acrylic Paint Markers
  • Tool Box
  • Portfolio case, to transport and safely keep your work.
  • Various papers, including large, white, toned, black, colored, rolls, inexpensive and good Recommended Papers: Rives BFK, Stonehenge, Pad of Bristol paper 19x24
  • Masking tape
  • Pushpins

You will be informed on what is needed for each class well in advance.