Drawing Class

Considering the Figure: The Torso as Central Force

Pierre de Wissant, Nude, 1884-95
Auguste Rodin
French, 1840–1917
Bronze, Edition of IV, Cast No. II
77-3/4 x 38-1/2 x 44-3/4 in. (197.5 x 97.8 x 113.7 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1984.1.2.S
© 2014 The Norton Simon Foundation

Considering the Figure: The Torso as Central Force

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Michael Horowitz
Type: Drawing Class

Artist Michael Horowitz leads classes emphasizing figure drawing. Using the Museum’s collections and figure models as inspiration, the classes explores the figure’s basic construction and anatomy as well as its use as a means of self-expression.

Why have artists throughout the centuries found the torso to be one of the most expressive parts of the human body? By studying the torso in works by Rubens and Rodin, together with that of a live model, students learn to understand the source of the momentum or spirit of a pose that makes the figure so expressive.


Meets in Entrance Gallery | All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members), and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included. | Online registration is required. For further information, contact the Education Department at (626) 844-6980.