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Figure Drawing Intensive 4W20

Immerse yourself in drawing in an afternoon or full day of drawing with a dynamic and popular teacher who will bring out your best. Using any media, draw from a live model and see the subject and your own work in new ways and with new inspiration.

Choose one Sunday in each month, or more, from November through April each year. Then, in July, go super-intense and draw for a full day or two days in a row.

Beginners and seasoned artists alike have enjoyed these intensive workshops.


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 wide experimentation in this course, we encourage you to bring a variety of materials to work with. Wet materials (with the exception of oil paint), as well as dry, are fine. Feel free to bring collage materials as well.

Please wear clothes that you are comfortable in, and that can get dirty. Aprons, smocks, or coveralls are great.

Bring to class: 

  • Newsprint (100 sheets, pads or loose) at least 18”x24”
  • Drawing board (large enough for 18”x24” paper) with clips
  • Compressed charcoal sticks (Blick's own brand is a good option: medium hardness, producing very strong dark black tones; we no longer recommend AlphaColor Charkole)
  • Tool box to hold your drawing supplies
  • Other materials to bring if you have, or buy if you wish:
  • Sketchbook, journal, or notebook, any size/type
  • Graphite
  • Conte crayons
  • Kneaded erasers
  • White plastic eraser
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Vine or thick charcoal, lump or stump
  • Lumber crayons
  • A variety of papers, white, toned, black, colored, rolls, inexpensive, and good quality
  • Alphacolor non-toxic pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Oil sticks, oil bars, pigment bars
  • Gouache, acrylics, or watercolors, and related supplies (brushes, palette, cups, etc.)
  • Watercolor crayons
  • Glue and various papers that can be used for collage
  • Ink, brushes, sticks, and pens