Class Description:

This course explores the fundamental elements of drawing and oil painting from direct observation.

Students will set up and work from a series of still lives to understand the relationships between line, form, proportion, perspective, composition, and light value through monochromatic graphite studies. In the second half of the course, students will apply these foundational skills to their still life paintings and explore the additional concepts of temperature and chroma. Emphasis in this course is on analytical seeing/interpreting of form.

Spring Semester Dates:

Scheduled occurrences for the next semester of this class are as follows:

Week 1:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 2:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 3:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 4:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 5:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 6:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 7:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 8:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 9:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 10:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 11:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET
Week 12:
6:30 - 9:30 pm ET

  1. Before Class - Welcome & How to Prepare for Class

  2. Week 1 - Exploring Basic Forms Through Drawing

  3. Week 2 - The Subtractive Method

  4. Week 3 - Hatch Marks

  5. Week 4- Beginning to Draw the Long Still Life

  6. Week 5 - Editing Lines and Establishing Value

  • $595.00
  • In-Person
  • 12 Weeks
  • Beginner

Meet Your Instructor

Melanie Berardicelli


Melanie Berardicelli is a SURP and CE Painting Professor at the New York Academy of Art. She has been an educator of the fine arts since 2014, teaching painting and drawing, life drawing, sculpture, and art history classes at Ivy League School in Smithtown and USDAN Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Melanie received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the New York Academy of Art in May 2021 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at SUNY New Paltz in 2017. Melanie’s artwork explores the spark felt when entering the sacred space of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the history of the Roman Martyr Catacomb Saints; her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New York State, including The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, Cryptic Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, Upstream Gallery, The Huntington Arts Council, and The New York Academy of Art. Currently, Melanie assists artist Audrey Flack in her New York and East Hampton studio locations, creating the underpaintings and sculptures for Flack’s current Post-Pop Baroque series. Melanie is also children’s book illustrator. Her work for Augie Goes to the Library- a 48-page commemoration to the New Paltz community and the titular Border Collie- was published in 2016.

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