Instructed Life Drawing

Francesco Gillia

Monday, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

12/4/2017- 12/18/2017

3 weeks: $97 members/$121 non-members

1/8/2018- 1/29/2018

2/5/2018- 2/26/2018

3/5/2018- 3/26/2018

4/2/2018- 4/23/2018

4 weeks: $125 members/$156 non-members

Class meets at BIG ARTS on Periwinkle:  2244 Periwinkle Way, students are required to park behind The Bean.

Francesco will start each class with a drawing demonstration (9:30 to 10:00), the student will then apply the notions learned in drawing the live model for 2 hours (10:00 to 12:00). One on one assistance and feedback is provided upon request from the student.

Daily lesson topic will include:

Introduction to gesture drawing and Structural drawing
Essential forms to construct the human figure.
Cross contour lines and landmarks to help give the figure volume and perspective.
Connecting volumes, volumes overlaps and foreshortening.
Core shadows vs cast shadows. Sighting and clock angles
Weight distribution. Simplified idea of anatomy.

Supply list:

  • 1 charcoal pencil 2B, suggested General’s Charcoal 557-2B med. ($2)
  • 1 CarbOthello sepia pencil ($2)
  • 1 White plastic eraser ($2)
  • 1 Kneaded eraser ($2)
  • 1 Loew-Cornell Sandpaper Block ($3)
  • 1  100 sheet newsprint pad  ($12)
  • Blending stumps assorted sizes 4 pc. ($2)
  • An Exacto knife with #11 blade ($5)

Easels are provided.

Drawing materials are also available directly from Francesco at listed price or $30 for the whole kit (cash only)

No oils, solvent or fixatives are allowed in the class.


Francesco grew up in Rome, Italy and studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts.  He came to the U.S. in 1999 and worked as a product and industrial designer for Nike, Reef, Burton, Herman Miller and Paul Smith.  Francesco received his MFA in 2012 with a focus on figure painting and drawing.  Francesco’s true passion for art is reflected in his teaching, which he has done for the past 5 years at Montana State University and St. Petersburg College.