Experimental Drawing in the Legacy of Robert Reed

Experimental Drawing in the Legacy of Robert Reed with Julia Hickey

Experimental Drawing in the Legacy of Robert Reed with Julia Hickey

Cost: $300.00

Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Robert Reed (1938 to 2014) taught drawing and painting for over 50 years and was the first African American professor to be tenured by the Yale School of Art. He is an artist best known for his use of geometric abstraction as is especially beloved for the inventive, active, generous and often surprising methods he used to teach drawing and painting to undergraduate students of all backgrounds and majors (not just visual artists).

Instructor Julia Hickey studied art at Yale during Robert Reed’s tenure and attended the recent Robert Reed drawing workshops taught by his former students and colleagues. In his spirit, this weekend workshop is aimed at all levels of artists, from absolute beginner to advanced. You can expect to make many drawings--some observational and some inventive--by yourself and collaboratively over the course of four different 3-hour modules. The setting is both instructive and nonjudgmental and there will be room for both skill refinement and play.

You will leave with a refreshed connection to your instinctual artistic drives, or perhaps have a chance to connect for the first time. Bring an open mind and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 

Required Materials

  • Pad of 18 x 24" Drawing paper
  • Black ebony or 2b pencil
  • Eraser (pink or white) and sharpener
  • $30 cash model fee payable to the instructor on Saturday
  • Black conte crayon or compressed charcoal
  • Masking tape or clips to hold paper to drawing board
  • Vine charcoal
  • Artist chamois
  • Black india ink
  • Economy set of synthetic acrylic brushes
  • Ruler or T-square of at least 24 inches
  • Glue stick
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Portable drawing board, 23” x 26” Tube or carrying case for drawings.

Registration for this class will open on January 8th.

Course Code: DRA11

Instructor(s): Julia Hickey

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