One of the best ways to understand a work of art, to engage in a conversation with its structure and to connect with its spirit, is to spend time in front of it with your sketchbook and a quiet open mind. This course will offer you the opportunity to spend time exploring the collection with a professional artist. We will look at the ways diverse artists and cultures explore and translate the human anatomy and use the body to tell stories. We will examine and draw from the historic context of various paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and new media. You will learn useful drawing techniques that will allow you to represent three dimensional objects as well as works in two dimensions.

Students are responsible for providing their own supplies. View the supply list.


Ticket Information

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About the Instructor

Anya Smolnikova is a painter and interdisciplinary artist working and living in Boston. Born in Belarus, she came to the US with her family in 1999. Anya completed a BFA at Boston University concentrating in painting and sculpture. Her work explores the space between observation and abstraction, as well as the tension between cultural inheritance and individual expression. Travel, dance, nature and her students are important sources of inspiration. Her work has been recently shown in Yerevan, Armenia. Anya is the Artistic Director at Dorchester Art Project in Fields Corner.