Sergey Chubirko's atelier is not an art school but a traditional master apprenticeship or bottega where individual relationships are forged with each student for their own custom development. The group's mission is: active rediscovery, dissemination, and practice of the original didactic traditions of “academic art”, born during the Italian renaissance and brought to an apex in the early 19th century art academy. Here, we consider “academic art” to be something very specific: a didactic program focused on developing a strong foundation of technical and philosophical skills that enable the artist to be truly free in their own personal visual expression. These essential skills are based around the foundational capacity of perceiving, understanding, and conveying FORM and LIGHT while practicing the illusive skill of “artistic selection” (something that can only be learned under the guidance of a teacher). The apprentice strengthens this capacity via very specific approaches to figure drawing from life, master copies, still life, etc. Once an artist masters these skills he/she is equipped with an ability to create convincing compositions without such heavy dependence on nature. Such is the path of our greatest artist predisesors, from Pontormo to Repin. At this level, nature is used as an inspiration for the internal expression of the artist and not the end itself. All roads lead to composition such that nothing is drawn/painted for its own sake but for the sake of enabling the artist to achieve his/her intended superposition of form and light within a composition. A deep understanding of drawing supports confidence and freedom in all spheres of the visual arts!
EVENING NUDE FIGURE DRAWING
Mon, Wed, Thur, 6-8pm
Long-form classical nude figure drawing and drawing instruction according to the tradition of the great draftsman of the past.
AFTERNOON PORTRAITURE OR FIGURE
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thursday 2-5pm
Poses vary from foreshortened nude figure to portrait setups with props and drapery. Students are permitted to draw or paint depending on their specific academic needs and desires.
This course walks students through a formal master copy of the classical artist of their choice. The copy is conducted with the specific intent of reinforcing and practicing the primary tenants of drawing and painting while dissecting specific technical nuances practiced by the specific master being studied.
WEEKDAY DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thursday 2-5pm
New students are encouraged to establish a firm basis in drawing fundamentals by executing a number of guided exercises. This include but are not limited to drawing simple shapes and plaster casts. This task is an essential step toward the goals of portraiture, figure, and ultimately composition.
Tues 5pm-7pm, Friday 9,30am-5pm
Though very well known for his academic draftsmanship, Sergey's true passion lies in the realm of composition. Here, he offers this special guided program for students interested in making their artistic visions a painted reality. Through this course students are slowly exposed to the nuanced practice of expressing one's internal world outwardly, using "visual language", or composition.