While gaining knowledge of the fundamental principles of perception—light, plane-structure, tonal value, perspective, proportion—students will learn to construct images that realistically and accurately interpret the anatomical architecture and movement of the human form in space. This solid foundation will enable students to express their personal creative vocabulary more clearly and effectively. The class will consist of short and long poses acquainting students with the preliminary process of understanding the essentials of the figure in space while providing the opportunity to develop a more complete drawing. Split screens will be used to allow the student to work along with your teacher. By working alongside your teacher, you will gain a more concrete and visual understanding of the artists’ process. Shared screens will be used to allow for an ongoing dialogue of critiques, lectures and demonstrations every day. All forms of art will be referenced to inspire and enhance the students’ experience. All levels welcome.
Costa Vavagiakis has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the United States such as The National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C., Hirschl & Adler Galleries, ACA Galleries and Salander-O’Reilly Galleries in NY; Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco and The Frye Art Museum, Seattle.
His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the United States including the Museum of the City of New York, the New-York Historical Society and the Arkansas Art Center. He has been the recipient of many distinguished awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Gregory Millard Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Costa Vavagiakis is featured in publications such as Portrait Painting Atelier; Curve: The Female Nude Now, and in articles in Drawing Magazine, American Artist, American Artist Drawing and The Artist’s Magazine, among others.
He has taught at the National Academy of Design School, the New York Academy of Art, 92nd street Y and Brooklyn College. He is currently on the faculty at the Yale School of Drama, the Gage Academy and at the Art Students’ League of New York, where he has taught for over two decades.