Basic Drawing Fundamentals with Kyu Yamamoto
Wednesdays, 6 classes
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Skill Level: All Levels
Summer Session 1 (June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3 and 10)
Summer Session 2 (July 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21 and 28) Rebecca Skelton will be instructor during this session.
What is drawing? Drawing provides a foundation for art. Explore the need for drawing before creating. Observe and understand the objects you draw, with a focus on how to look at an object: what you draw, not how to draw. Learn the basic elements of drawing: tone, lines, shape, perspective, movement, and positive and negative space. Through a variety of progressive exercises, students will better understand the fundamentals of drawing various objects, including plaster cast sculptures.
*Drawing Pad (14 x 17 inches is best, 11 x 14 inches is also ok)
*Newsprint Pad (any size)
*5-6 Drawing Pencils (4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
*Charcoal Vines (Soft or Medium)
*Colored Pencils (at least 5 different colors)
*Clip (to secure paper to drawing board)
Under the tutelage of Kozo Shibata, Kyu (pronounced “Q”) began studying sculpture as a fine arts student at Asahigaoka, the visual arts magnet school in Nagoya, Japan. After then majoring in Classical Sculpture at the acclaimed Aichi Fine Arts University, he worked for several years with the commercial Rui Kobo Studios, producing sculpted ornamental and decorative work throughout Japan, including Tokyo Disneyland.
In 1985, Yamamoto was asked to use his sculpting and casting skills to serve as Assistant Sculptor for completion of the Statue of Athena inside Nashville’s century-old full-size replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon. At 42 feet, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western World. He also began teaching during the time, instructing students at the Centennial Arts Center and the Watkins Institute. His first corporate commission (for the Great American/Southwestern Company’s corporate headquarters), and his first public commission (for the city of Portland) occurred while living in Nashville.
Kyu moved his studio to St. Petersburg, FL in 1992. Known throughout the Tampa Bay area for his contributions to public art (USF St Petersburg, Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg Fire Station #4) Kyu has been faculty/instructor for the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; the Penland School of American Craft, Penland, NC; the Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL; the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL; the city of St Petersburg, FL; Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC; and is a founding faculty member of the Clay Center of St Petersburg.