Why the three methods?
We’ve identified three methods that have been in the core of the academic learning in the art history: the sight-size method, the comparative-constructive method, and the Russian academy method.
We’ve studied the market and the students needs, and specially created this program to fill the professional gaps, the necessary technical training that offers you confidence, security and guidance to develop your own style.
The program uses imminently practical and interactive methodologies that aim to develop critical thinking, collaboration and strengthen your technical skills. Additionally, during the program you will take part in different initiatives that will power your creativity, fuel innovation and push you way out of your comfort zone. This combination will provide you with the agility, flexibility and creativity needed in a dynamic and changing context and will prepare you to face the real world.
Sight-size refers to a method in which the artist makes a drawing the same height as the subject being rendered. It is an arrangement of the artist, their subject and their artwork that allows the artist to see the subject and artwork visually one-to-one. In this manner, the artist is
able to make very objective comparisons of shape and proportions. It’s a great learning tool because it helps the student to see objectively how what he or she has drawn compares directly to nature.
The simplicity of direct measurement is appealing… but it has a price: the sight-size method requires an artist to set up in a very specific way that can require a lot of space, and the set-up must be precisely the same for every session. This is not always practical in a crowded studio where space is at a premium. Furthermore, if you want to change the scale of your drawing you have to move your easel (closer to the model to make the drawing bigger, further away to make it smaller) .
Instructors: Paulo Hoces
Comparative measurement doesn’t require that your drawings be the same size as the model from your vantage point. You can draw as large or as small as you want, from any point in the room, and your measurement data still apply. But it’s a little less fluid than direct measurement because it requires an extra step. In comparative measurement, you have to scale your
drawing, and you have to measure all the time, you can’t trust your eyes. Measurements are an essential part of the process.
Instructors: Jared Guerra
Russian Academy Method
The Russian Method is more concerned with “what it is“ instead of “what it looks like“ (sight-size approach). The goal of this method is to use the model as inspiration to create an artwork (create not copy). In this way you can use the knowledge to draw, paint and sculpt from your imagination. They achieve this after an intense study of the form, the anatomy, the theory of light…and thinking primarily in 3D.
Instructors: Ann Tsybina and Sandra Glez