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Introduction to Figure Drawing: Building Confidence and Competence with David Bailin

June 26 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

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Monday and Tuesday, June 26 and 27, 1-4pm

2 sessions | $140 for members $150 for non-members + $20 model fee

This course is for the artist who has little or no experience working from a model.

You may be able to get away with a less than perfect rendering of a tin can or a tree, but everyone knows a wonky figure when they see one. There is nothing more satisfying and exciting than rendering a fully formed figure that doesn’t look like Gumby. While a future course will develop skills in placing the figure in space and in color, this workshop focuses solely on rendering an unclothed figure. We use pencil and charcoal—simple materials—to achieve a simple goal: building confidence and competence in your figure drawing.


David Bailin is an artist working primarily in drawing and has over 35 years experience in teaching studio art. He was the director of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (formally the Arkansas Arts Center) Museum school from 1986-1996. There he taught art to children through adults of all experience levels. After leaving the center, he was an adjunct at the University of Central Arkansas where he taught basic and figure drawing, design, art appreciation, art criticism and history until moving to Wellfleet full time in 2021. He has received painting fellowships from the NEA, the Mid-America Arts Alliance-NEA and Arkansas Arts Council.  He was named an Arkansas Visionary in 2014. His work is highlighted in Rockman’s Drawing Essentials, fourth edition published by the Oxford University press, 2020 (and the updated version to be published early next year) and Steinbeck’s Creative Practices for Visual Artists, published by Focal press, 2018. His critical reviews appear in Artnews, LA Times and Weekly, and on numerous art blogs. Bailin is represented by Koplin Del Rio, Seattle, WA (formerly Los Angeles, 1982-2015) and M2 Gallery, Little Rock, AR.

Website: bailinstudio.com

Images: David Bailin, Throwback, 2022, charcoal and coffee on paper, 52½ x 60 in.