The human figure, accountable for the many wonderful traditions of painting and sculpture, has had three constant companions since its earliest days – drapery, architecture and nature. Nature has been an important supporting device, from the tree stump of antiquity to the finished ground cover of a Botticelli to the forest setting of a Poussin. In the case of almost every great master, these details from the natural world have been studied with the same intensity as the rest of the design.
This Spring, students from the academy will be supplementing the regular curriculum by making careful drawing studies at the Weymouth Studio and grounds. Based on examples (above) from our recent lecture on Plant Studies, this practice will allow each student to experience this important and often overlooked aspect of picture making.