Demystifying the Figure
with Terry Miura

July 17 – 19, 2020
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

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The human figure is arguably the most difficult subject matter for an artist. The complexity and the unforgiving nature of the motif is intimidating for many artists, to say the least!

This workshop aims to demystify figure drawing and painting, and presents a logical process which will allow students to tackle this difficult subject matter with a much deeper understanding and confidence.

In the first part of the workshop, the emphasis will be on capturing the gesture and depicting form, using dry media. Working with short poses, we will focus on analyzing and translating what we see onto paper. We will have in-depth discussions on the relationship between light and form, visual anatomy, rhythm, and will learn about short-hand techniques and mark-making strategies. Drawing paper will be included with this workshop.

In the second half, we will apply this knowledge to painting. Using oils, we will cover techniques to express simply, logically, and effectively. Controlling values, colors and edges will be our primary emphasis as we work with a series of poses to sharpen our skills and gain a deeper understanding of painting the figure.

After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1990, Terry Miura headed to New York City to pay his dues. He began his career as a freelance illustrator, creating imagery for such clients as Time, Newsweek, Rollingstone and Sports Illustrated, to name a few.?

In between illustration assignments he painted and exhibited cityscapes and continued his transition to becoming a full time painter after returning to the West Coast in 1996.?

Miura's evocative tonalist landscapes explore the relationship between memory, emotions and identity. "Although they're still very much representational," says Miura, "they're not about specific locations. Well, actually they are, but the locations are found in my and the viewer's memories. Not out there in the physical world."?

With atmosphere, mood and abstraction as driving characteristics of his work, Miura has more recently been revisiting the complexities of the cityscape as a major part of his repertoire. Urban Aria, his latest solo exhibition at Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San Francisco, illustrates his mastery in this genre.?

Emotion and abstraction carries over to his figurative works. It is in this genre that Miura finds most personal expression. "In painting the figure, I allow myself to get lost in the process and take more risks. Only by deconstructing the representational and the objective am I able to tap into the more subconscious, intuitive voice which for me is at once mysterious and authentic."

His works are represented by The Christopher Hill Gallery in St. Helena and Healdsburg, Sekula's Fine Art in Sacramento, Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, Holton Studio in Emeryville, and Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara.

This workshop is hosted by the Redwood Art Association
Class size limited to 15

Workshop Fee: $425 for current RAA members / $475 for non-members

NOTE: Lunch is NOT provided for this workshop.

You may pay your workshop fee and reserve your place in this special Terry Miura workshop with a credit card or your PayPal account. It is fast, easy and secure.

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You may also pay your workshop fee by sending a check for the full amount payable to the RAA to:

Redwood Art Association
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Eureka, CA 95501

Your workshop group will first meet at 9:00am on Friday, July 17 at the Redwood Art Association Gallery, 603 F Street, Eureka.

Workshop Materials List:

Drawing paper and a few other materials will be provided, but participants need to bring drawing boards and easels. French easels/half box French easels are fine, but pochade boxes are not. The easels need to support the weight and the bulk of drawing boards and paper. Please see the materials list for more information. If you would like to purchase an easel from an online source, Blick has a light-weight aluminum easel for around $80.

If you have questions, would like more information or to specify your box lunch dietary requests, please email Claudia Lima.

Cancellation Refunds: Full refund of workshop fees will be made if you cancel your participation in the workshop 30 days or more before the start of the workshop. A 50% refund of fees will be made if you cancel within 7 to 30 days before start of the workshop. No refund will be made if you cancel within 7 days of start of the workshop, or if you do not show up or if you leave the workshop early for any reason.

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