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Summer School 2020: Russian academic approach to figure drawing and painting – Registration of Interest

Rob Gutteridge, graphite on paper, 2018.

Rob Gutteridge, graphite on paper, 2018.

In this Summer School I teach my understanding of Russian academic figure drawing and painting as taught to me by Professors of Drawing and Painting at the I. Repin Russian Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia.

In July 2018 I studied academic figure drawing and painting at the Russian Academy’s Summer School. In my Summer School I teach the methods, materials, techniques and purposes underpinning Russian academic drawing and painting of the figure. Students work from life models. Students make 2 portraits (1 painting and 1 drawing), and 2 full figure studies (1 painting and 1 drawing). The medium for painting is oil. Drawings are in graphite pencil on stretched paper.

Dates: 13/1/20 – 24/1/20.
Times:
9am – 12pm drawing
12 – 1pm lunch
1 – 6pm painting

80 hours tuition
Where: Rob Gutteridge School of Art (RGCR), 49a, Whitmore Square, Adelaide, SA
5000
Minimum 4 students, maximum 10 students

Cost: $2,000.00 (10% discount for enrolled RGCR students, and other eligible
parties – see RGCR website: www.RGCR.com.au)
Model fees are included
Students supply their own materials.
Boards for stretching paper supplied by the School
To register your interest, contact Rob Gutteridge: robjgutteridge@gmail.com.au
Mobile: 0434965434

The workshop will only go ahead when 4 or more people register their intention to attend. An invoice will then be sent, together with materials list and detailed course content.

Constructive Figure Drawing – Registration of Interest

Rob Gutteridge, graphite on paper, 2019.

Rob Gutteridge, graphite on paper, 2019.

The purpose of constructive figure drawing is to explore the relationship between a figure’s form and its structure. Constructive figure drawing redirects our motivation for drawing, away from an exclusive focus on surface appearance, toward an examination of its underlying causes. The workshop teaches specific drawing skills, strategies and techniques to facilitate constructive drawing. Students are enabled to reconstruct the figure and its parts, through drawing exercises designed to direct their attention to relationships connecting underlying structure and surface form. Course content covers: proportion, essential anatomy, planar and ovoid form concepts, tonal drawing, contour drawing, rhythm, gesture, and detail to mass hierarchy in visual organisation.

As well as these direct learning outcomes, the indirect outcomes to a student’s drawing practice will be: confidence in gestural drawing, clarity of intention when life drawing, improved life drawing (and painting) wherein surface appearance is underpinned by structural integrity. Teaching and drawing resources for this workshop are from the cast collection and anatomical models at the RGCR.

Dates: 10/11/19 – 15/12/19. 6 consecutive Sundays
Times: 10am – 4.45pm (45 minutes lunch)
Where: Rob Gutteridge School of Art (RGCR), 49a, Whitmore Square, Adelaide, SA
5000
Minimum 4 students, maximum 10 students

Cost: $900.00 (10% discount for enrolled RGCR students, and other eligible parties)
To register your interest, contact Rob Gutteridge: robjgutteridge@gmail.com.au
Mobile: 0434965434

The workshop will only go ahead when 4 or more people register their intention to attend. An invoice will then be sent, together with materials list and detailed course content.

 

Rob Gutteridge, graphite on paper, 2019.

Rob Gutteridge, graphite on paper, 2019.

Composition for Visual Artists – September 2019

This workshop is for visual artists and students who want to know what composition is and how to use it. The workshop covers classical approaches to composition, geometry and tonal composition, and insights into visual organisation from the psychology of visual perception. It is based around a series of practical exercises designed to enable students to confidently engage with issues in composition. Session 5 (13/10/19) will be conducted at the Art Gallery of South Australia where students will make compositional analyses from original paintings.

Dates: 15/9/19 – 20/10/19. 6 consecutive Sundays
Times: 10am – 4.45pm (45 minutes lunch)
Where: Rob Gutteridge School of Art (RGCR), 49a, Whitmore Square, Adelaide, SA
5000; 1 session at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Minimum 4 students, maximum 10 students

Cost: $900.00 (10% discount for enrolled RGCR students, and other eligible parties)
Reserve your place by paying the invoice you will receive after registering your interest.
The course content and materials list follows.

To register your interest, contact Rob Gutteridge: robjgutteridge@gmail.com.au
Mobile: 0434965434

Rob Gutteridge studied academic figure drawing and figure painting at the I. Repin Russian Academy of Arts Summer School, St. Petersburg, Russia, July – August 2018

A photo of many graphite and oil painting figure studies lined up on easels.

Multiple works on easels: final exhibition and evaluation in the teaching studio.

Rob Gutteridge attended the Summer School of the Russian Academy of Arts to find out for himself what makes Russian academic figure drawing and figure painting so distinctive. Throughout his career, Rob has sought out international opportunities to expand his knowledge and skills as an artist and teacher. At the Russian Academy Rob was taught drawing by Professor M. Molyakov, the Academy’s Professor of Anatomical Drawing. Rob considers himself fortunate in this, as Rob was the first teacher in Australia to revive the lost art (lost to Australia) of écorché (anatomical sculpture of a flayed figure). Rob is an autodidact in the study and teaching of human anatomy for artists, which he now teaches at the RGCR. Read More

2019 Workshops Program

Attached is the program of 2019 Workshops in skills based realist art at the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism. RGCR drawing and painting workshops are tailored especially to the needs of realist artists, and are taught by Rob Gutteridge, the Director of the School.

Please email Rob Gutteridge to reserve a place in any of the workshops, or pass this information on to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

RGCR workshops are suitable for students of all levels, including high school students. Practicing artists wanting to develop new skills or improve those they already have are always welcome.

I recommend that the “Russian academic figure drawing” workshop is most suitable for intermediate to advanced students. The “Figure construction” workshop scheduled immediately before it is a useful introduction to the technical concepts involved in the “Russian academic figure drawing” workshop.

There are places for only 10 students maximum in each workshop. I will take advance bookings immediately.

Thank you for your interest in all things to do with making and appreciating realist art.

Rob Gutteridge.

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Summer School 2019

SUMMER SCHOOL INTENSIVE

2 weeks full-time atelier training
80 hours tuition
10 students maximum

DRAWING – PAINTING

Teacher: Rob Gutteridge
Director of the RGCR
2 weeks: January 14th – 25th 2019

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Learn the traditional skills of drawing and painting in a European style atelier art school. The Summer School Intensive is full-time atelier training, painting and drawing from plaster casts in the morning and a life model in the afternoon. Immerse yourself in the world of classical realism taught by Rob Gutteridge, the Director of the first ARC Approved atelier art school in Australia. A special feature of the Summer School will be long-pose drawing and painting: 40 hours over 2 weeks, 1 pose, 1 model. Summer School will introduce new skills, and hone those you already have. Learn sight-size drawing and limited palette painting of flesh tones. Suitable for beginners to advanced students and practicing artists.

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Emilio Longo interviews Rob Gutteridge about the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism and the international resurgence in teaching skill based realist drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Summer School Intensive: January 15th – 27th, 2018

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Rob Gutteridge, “Cast drawing”, graphite on paper, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw and paint realistically in a European style atelier art school? Now in Australia you can, at the Rob Gutteridge School of Classical Realism. The Summer School Intensive gives you a taste of full-time atelier training, working from plaster casts in the morning and the life model in the afternoon. Immersing yourself in the world of classical realism, drawing and painting 8 hours a day over two weeks you will be taught by the School’s Director, Rob Gutteridge. Learn the sight-size method of drawing and apply it to cast and life drawing. The life model will take one pose for 2 weeks, making the 40-hour pose a special feature of the Summer School. This intensive will introduce new skills, and hone those you already have. It is suitable for beginners to advanced students and practicing artists.

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Rob Gutteridge and the RGCR cited in Masters Thesis by Emilio Longo: “Skill based drawing and aesthetics in secondary visual arts education”

Abstract

The conceptual training of the twenty-first century artist tends to overlook academic instruction in skill-based drawing and aesthetics. Although these subjects are gaining international credibility in private institutions, they remain largely denigrated, only partially taught and even completely ignored in contemporary visual arts pedagogy. This study has endeavoured to investigate why this is the case, by reviewing literature related to the historical and contemporary teaching of drawing and aesthetics. The Secondary Victorian visual arts curriculum was analysed in proposition of an academic drawing and aesthetics curriculum, to be used as a strategy for building drawing skills and developing aesthetics sensibilities in secondary visual arts education. The qualitative research took the form of a documentary study, approached from an objectivist epistemology and an interpretivist framework, which was governed through an inductive thematic analysis. Both primary and secondary sources were used, which document and critically comment on the teaching of drawing and aesthetics from the time of Ancient Greece, through to the twenty-first century. The analysed data revealed that the subjects increase psychomotor development, historical awareness, visual analysis skills, emotional wellbeing and appreciation for discipline and craft, which ultimately enhance students’ creativity and lead to a widely applicable skill set. The results also justify that skill-based drawing and aesthetics can be taught in tandem with digital processes to improve visual literacy in the twenty-first century. However, further research is required to study the place of the subjects in primary education and how the competencies, techniques and capabilities learnt are transferable into career choices and life skills.

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Rob Gutteridge at the Menier Gallery in London

Rob Gutteridge has again been invited to exhibit 2 of his drawings at the Society of Graphic Fine Art Open Exhibition “Draw 17” at the Menier Gallery in London. These are the two drawings:

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