Drawing Class

Drawing Studies of Himalayan Buddhist Sculptures, Part 2

Buddhist Goddess
Nepal, c. 1450
Gilt bronze with semiprecious stones
12 x 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 in. (30.5 x 19.1 x 19.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon

Drawing Studies of Himalayan Buddhist Sculptures, Part 2

Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Teacher: Cole Case
Type: Drawing Class

Artist Cole Case introduces students to the use of sacred geometry in Tibetan Buddhist deity paintings, as seen in the In the Land of Snow exhibition. Also discussed is the use of sacred/idealized geometries in the art of the Renaissance.

Students execute "life" drawings based on direct observation of the sculptures in the exhibition, using white and black Conté pencils on medium-value colored paper. This very traditional Western drawing technique allows students to focus on the remarkable volume, surface, texture, lighting and contours of sculptures. It also provides an interesting contrast to Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist drawing, which employs a flatter, more colorful and graphic visual style. 

| All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members), and space is limited to 18 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.