Trace What You See: drawing with the neolucida – P0203

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Photography and New Media

Pablo Garcia

DATES: June 8 – 12, 2015


CONCEPT: Join us on a journey through history as we investigate the optical and mechanical drawing aids that artists have used since the early 17th century. In recent years, artist David Hockney ignited controversy by outlining the ways the “old masters” used these aids when creating their masterpieces. This workshop explores various drawing and painting techniques as informed by optical drawing aids such as camera obscura, mirror projections and the camera lucida. We spend extensive time drawing with the NeoLucida, a modern reinterpretation of the camera lucida.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: Students focus primarily on drawing techniques as a foundation for final rendering. Students explore their preferred medium as an extension of drawing exercises. Final media may include: pencil, pen/ink, paint, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, etc.

ACTIVITIES: We look at historical examples of drawing technologies leading to extensive production time. The studio space is used for still life and portraiture and we venture outdoors for landscape and field drawing.

FACULTY: Pablo Garcia is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pablo’s work centers on reverse engineering historical art and design techniques for a contemporary audience. He is the creator (with Golan Levin) of the NeoLucida, a modern reinterpretation of the camera lucida—a 19th century optical drawing aid popular in the days before photography.

Tuition: $975 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1175
Studio Fee: $100

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