Abstracting the Figure (five-session online workshop)

In this five-week figurative online class, students will be challenged to think of the figure in terms of simple interlocking forms and shapes to create powerful design-compositions. The aim will be to create dozens of quickly finished sketches each session in order to build strong picture-making habits with immediate results.

Open to any medium, this class will meet the needs of creating bold figurative abstractions with the human form as a pretext.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

What you will learn:

  • Figure proportions and knowledge of bodily landmarks

  • Seeing combinations of simple shapes and distilling them into abstract designs

  • Loosening up your drawing with quick sketches

  • Building up a formal drawing or painting from sketches

Required supplies:

  • A sketchbook

  • 18″ x 24″ Newsprint paper

  • Charcoal

  • Kneaded rubber eraser

  • Open to all media, please bring supplies that you may want to use in this class