The Buchanan Studio Winter Portrait Drawing and Painting Class

Winter  2020 

Dates: Tuesday January 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020
Hours: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

4 Spots remaining in Cast Class
6 Spots remaining in Life Room 

The Buchanan Studio at BACAA Registration

All beginners to the Buchanan studio at BACAA must begin in the cast studio.

Cast Studio dates. TBA

Cost: $495 10 Classes
Cost: $470 CSM Students (Please note) CSM discount is only offered to first time new students of CSM at BACAA.

Cost $40 for (6) Saturday Cast classes Independent Study Buchanan Students



Beginning students devote themselves to the tradition of Cast Drawing (the practice of drawing from Greek, Roman, Italianate, and French Academic sculpture), while focusing on drawing techniques in graphite on white paper, as well as black charcoal and white chalk on toned paper. The practice of Cast Drawing allows students to build a solid foundation in the fundamental drawing skills of Shape, Value and Form. Cast drawing will take place in The Cast Room at BACAA, which offers several different casts for students to select from. The cast room at BACAA will maintain consistent/unchanging location, positioning and lighting of the casts to help nurture accuracy in student drawings. In addition to instructed sessions, beginning students will be offered optional Saturday afternoon access to the Cast Room to further develop drawings beyond class time.

 Intermediate students who have demonstrated strength in Cast Drawing are invited to work in the Life Room with the studio model. Models’ poses will alternate every 10 weeks between The Nude, and Portraiture. Students who are new to the Life Room start by making drawings in graphite or Charcoal from the model. 

 Repeat intermediate students are invited to begin making oil paintings from the model in Grisaille (Black and White). This stage of learning helps the student form a bridge between drawing skills and Paint Handling (all of the logistics and proficiency in using oil paint).  

 Advanced students at the Buchanan Studio are invited to paint the figure from life with a full color palette. At this stage, students are afforded the rare opportunity to study 16th and 17th century painting techniques found in the works of Caravaggio, Rubens, Van Dyck, Velásquez, and Rembrandt. This practice of painting is known as Indirect Painting, and uses underpainting techniques such as Imprimatura, Velatura, Working Glazes, and Finishing Glazes. 

 With this classical skill building approach to drawing and painting the figure, the Buchanan Studio at BACAA hopes to give students the keys to progressing beyond the classroom to making challenging figurative work with content and narrative. 

Cost: $495 10 Classes

Cost: $470 CSM Students (Please note) CSM discount is only offered to first time new students of CSM at BACAA.

Cost $40 for (6) Saturday Cast classes Independent Study Buchanan Students

All beginners to the Buchanan studio at BACAA must begin in the cast studio.

Cost $40 for (6) classes BACAA Buchanan Students Rate

Hours: Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m

All tuition fees are non refundable and non transferable

Registration form/Terms and conditions must be signed prior to attendance

Pay by Cashiers Check, Zelle, Credit Card, or PayPal
We do not accept Personal Checks.
We do not accept cash.
Partial Payments are not accepted.

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(Payments include an extra administration fee)

Winter 2020 - Regular

Winter 2020 - CSM

Winter 2020 - Cast Lab



Please send cashiers checks and packets to the BACAA BUSINESS ADDRESS:

969 G Edgewater Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404

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BACAA STUDIO ADDRESS
345 Quarry Rd
San Carlos, CA 94070

Contact: info@bacaa.org
650-832-1544