TRADITIONAL DRAWING PRACTICE
Following the traditional models of European ateliers, Mark Anthony teaches an old-world approach to visual observation and drawing practice based on an analysis of great masterworks, sculpture and the live model.
Each session includes fundamental lectures and complete demonstrations that lead students of all levels through a logical step-by-step execution and finishing of eloquent artworks characterized by poetic realism.
- Mark was an excellent teacher. Alot of information covered in one day, but all valuable. Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations
- This instructor is not just good, outstanding. . . . this was a great class thanks. Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations
- It was all great. Loved his teaching style. Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations
- Mark is an extremely talented artist, and incredibly informative (and patient) instructor. RD - Private Drawing Group
- Excellent session. Thank you so much! Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations
- Mark's knowledge of anatomy (skeletal and muscular) is extensive. Private Drawing Group
- Mark is a master artist and it was a pleasure to be in his class. Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations
- Extremely useful and well worth the time. Federation of Canadian Artists Foundations
THERE IS NOTHING ACCIDENTAL ABOUT A WELL EXECUTED DRAWING
And, the fact is we challenge 80% of our visual understanding within the first 20% of the drawing process. Considering this, each program places much emphasis on interpreting and understanding how you see opposed to merely copying what you see. This approach effectively equips you, the student, to work directly from life with great confidence. Once you become familiar and fluent with underlying visual principles, your intuitive expression will reveal a strong sense of accuracy, emotion and freedom. Key studies include:
PORTRAIT & FIGURE DRAWING
STRUCTURAL AND SURFACE ANATOMY
LIGHT FORM VALUE PATTERNS & EDGES
LINE & MASS FINISHING TECHNIQUES
PERSPECTIVE AND SPATIAL RECESSION
19th CENTURY FRENCH ACADEMY
MASTER COPY STUDIES
VISITING INSTRUCTOR PROGRAMS
For over 30 years, Mark has been facilitating invitations to visit a variety of venues as a guest instructor. These include private drawing groups, public and private schools, private studios and various art associations. The fully equipped portable studio includes resources to accommodate any number of students, depending upon the facility. For information on booking traditional drawing and visual fundamentals workshops and classes on site, please place your request in the CONTACT section below.
FOR CURRENT PROGRAM SCHEDULES
Regular weekly classes also run from Dene Croft Studios, 118 Pemberton Avenue, in North Vancouver. All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. For direct access to Dene Croft Studios drawing program, please click on the COURSE INFORMATION button below:
Mark Anthony Drawing Group
The Mark Anthony Drawing Group is an advanced study group working individually and collectively to hone and develop study skills in poetic representation, construction and composition analysis for painting and sculpture, and portfolio development. The time-honored anchor of a solid dawing foundation translates into an extensive objective visual comprehension and fundamental understanding along with practical skills characterized with power, beauty and poetic voice.
This special community is set up by invitation and facilitates private study as well as collective consultation and critique. Group sessions are arranged according specific need and utilize lectures and demos and opportunities to successfully work in a live-model environment with great confidence.
observing creating AND expressing
Classical Beauty in its most elegant form
A bit about mark anthony
While young music students were learning and practicing great musical masterworks by Beethovan, Schubert, Chopan, and Liszt, I turned my creative interest to great visual masterworks by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rubens (some mastercopy examples have been added to the above portfolio). I was convinced that their powerful poetic visual expressions would become the finest soil for cultivating fundamental skills in visual theory and expression from life, regardless of the medium.
After more than 30 years of research and teaching, I am still fascinated with the reality that our easy access to modern technology has not helped us to match the great artistic development achieved through old-world studio disciplines. No technical device can replace our own magnificent manual ability to see, interpret and understand our visual world and combine these interpretations with our own deep seated emotional, poetic and artistic, albeit human, voice. The magic is deep within us and surprisingly available to us.
Drawing has captured me because it is our most immediate response to our living visual world. It challenges every aspect of our visual comprehension in terms of fundamental understanding. And with the most simple of tools, an artist can develop the ability to express in a drawing the power of any great painting. This combination of simplicity and power excites me very much.
You can reach Mark Anthony by using the contact form below or by calling 778.997.6405.