ONSITE: Secrets of Classical Drawing: The Still Life

Learn skills taught in ateliers and academies in centuries past and put them to use to create your own fresh artwork. You'll learn tricks of the trade and classical drawing techniques like proportion, value and form-building in two dimensions. These skills can be used to capture traditional subjects like figures and nature scenes, or they can be incorporated into your own contemporary practices. This class will be great training and preparation for Traditional Figure Drawing or The Noir Portrait. Still life drawing is an excellent way to learn important realist techniques before attempting realist portraits or figure drawing.

Special Notes

  • Students may get their supplies as listed under the class information but the teacher will go over supply list the first class if students have questions. All students will need the first class will be drawing pencils and sketch pad.

    Instructor speaks Spanish, but the class is held in English.

    This class does not meet on 7/4.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit

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About the Instructor

Salis Dembling

Salis was raised in New York City and Massachusetts and spent formative years in L.A. and South America. She's mixed/Black and the daughter of Black Historian Sterling Stuckey and granddaughter of poet Elma Stuckey
She studied drawing and sculpture at Columbia University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
She studied painting and illustration at The School of Visual Arts and in the studio of portrait painter John Murray, both in New York as well.
She completed the professional four year artists program and teacher training program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia.
She is a triple threat - as well as being a visual artist she is a musician/composer and activist.
She co-founded art and activism collectives and a radical community center. She's played with many bands, and opened for and/or collaborated with artists including Beck, the Buzzcocks, April March, Ward Dodson from L.A.'s The Gun Club, Bo Diddley, Elliott Smith, and Johnny Cash.


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ONSITE: Secrets of Classical Drawing: The Still Life

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Class Details
June 13 - July 256 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $205.00
Member Tuition: $184.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Salis Dembling
Level: All Levels