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Graphite drawing by Dan Thompson

Join three artists and Fine Art Connoisseur Editor-in-Chief Peter Trippi during a LIVE broadcast on “Seeing, Creating, Progressing: Drawing and Sculpture.”

While a select audience of Studio Incamminati students watch the demonstration, Facebook users around the globe are encouraged to make comments and ask questions about the painting process. Faculty members Natalie Italiano and noted figurative artist Jon deMartin moderate, taking the best questions and getting answers from the artists.

The three artists — Wendy Wagner, Dan Thompson, and Stephen Perkins — are trained in ways reflecting Studio Incamminati’s core education, but each demonstrates a different style and approach because this training enables “mastery” in an individual’s hands. The performance features five cameras, on-air commentary, and Facebook interactive Q&A, as each artist demonstrates a different aspect of Studio Incamminati training.


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Charcoal drawing by Wendy Wagner

School Fellow Wendy Wagner creates a portrait drawing in charcoal. Her efforts reveal the sitter’s gesture while she masses her shapes in from direct observation. Wendy “attacks” the pose using the Studio Incamminati protocol: straight lines and angles, shadow shapes, and squinting. She scrutinizes edges and values, and relies on her knowledge of landmarks. Her intention is to reveal the fundamentals of a volumetric method through charcoal, which can be developed further to a finish.

School Dean and Instructor Dan Thompson draws in graphite pencil. His approach combines mythologies — bringing skills from exercises and disciplines taught at Studio Incamminati — into one process. Dan develops his drawing from a gestural start, maneuvering through proportion, and drawing into the middle stages of structure and tonality. Ultimately, he brings the drawing to completion with a display of “finished modeling” hatch marks.

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Sculpture relief by Stephen Perkins

School Instructor Stephen Perkins works in relief sculpture, described as the compression, or flattening, of three-dimensional form and an art form that adorns much of the architecture and most of the coinage of humankind. Like painting and drawing, it starts with simple lines to capture gesture and large shapes. The method follows the principles of working from large to small, from mass to detail. Subtleties of human anatomy, structure, proportion, and expression are all vital elements. Relief sculpture compresses the subject’s full volume, and that compression must be of the same ratio for the entire subject. It lies somewhere between two dimensional and three dimensional. Steve’s use of sculpture demonstrates, through “form-making,” clay modeling as a medium analogous to drawing.

Guest model Peter Trippi

Expert and curator Peter Trippi is the Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and the guest model for this event. Previously, he directed New York’s Dahesh Museum of Art, which specializes in 19th-century European academic painting and sculpture. He has held senior posts at the Brooklyn Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Trippi’s monograph, “J. W. Waterhouse,” published by Phaidon Press, reassesses the Victorian painter best known for his “Lady of Shalott” at the Tate Britain. Trippi co-curated the Waterhouse retrospective in the Netherlands, England, and Canada. In 2016, Trippi co-curated the exhibition, “Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity,” which visited the Fries Museum (Leeuwarden, Netherlands), Belvedere (Vienna, Austria), and Leighton House Museum (London). Trippi co-edited and contributed to the 250-page book that accompanied the project.

WATCH and participate in “Seeing, Creating, Progressing: Drawing and Sculpture” at on Saturday, April 6, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (EDT).

AND, Friday, April 5 at Studio Incamminati:
The Higher Aim of Art presents  “Painting Poetry and the Occult: J.W.Waterhouse’s Thematic Inspirations” with Peter Trippi
Peter Trippi explores the diverse mythological, literary and occultists sources that Waterhouse revered. This lecture is a part of Studio Incamminati’s continuing “Higher Aim of Art” series, which brings internationally renowned thought leaders to discuss personal creative philosophies. Register for this lecture here.

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