Composition and Form through Degas: Balance in Art

Composition and Form through Degas: Balance in Art

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Seated Dancer Rubbing Her Leg, c. 1878, Charcoal with white and dark brown pastel on gray-brown laid paper Norton Simon Art Foundation

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Melissa Manfull

Join artist Melissa Manfull for a six-session drawing class exploring Degas’s approach to composition and form. Students examine Degas’s many artworks and create their own drawings using experimental techniques and drawing from a live model in one session.

Students explore the notion of balance in art by creating a variety of compositions using Degas’s sculptures and drawings as references. They consider how artists make compositional choices to capture movement, emotion and weight within a picture plane using graphite.


All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $25 ($20 for members), and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included.
Meets in Entrance Gallery