Composition and Form through Degas: Improvisation

Composition and Form through Degas: Improvisation

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Dressed Dancer at Rest, Hands Behind Her Back, Right Leg Forward, modeled 1895–1905; cast 1919–21, Bronze, No. 51, Modèle cast, 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 mark making as an improvisational technique to render emotion and movement. They examine how Degas’s sculptures, drawings and paintings use similar themes and forms and how each medium influenced the others. Students also explore how charcoal pencils, graphite and the use of erasers can create drama in an image.


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