The Florence Academy of Art US,

888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, US

(201) 685-7080

Figure Drawing Intensive with Richard Morris, July 22nd-26th


Credits: 1.0 per session
Time: Monday-Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Length: 5 Days
Location: 888 Newark Ave., Jersey City, NJ


Thumbnail image: Richard Morris, The Walking Dream

  • Course Description

    Over the course of 5 days, students will work from the life-model for 6 hrs per day.This intensive workshop will feature a single pose throughout.
    Students will be guided through the figure drawing process in a series of steps, ultimately leading to a finished drawing. Dynamic composition and a coherent value structure are key to a successful figure drawing. Students will begin the course with a series of value/comp thumbnail studies in order to develop a conceptual strategy for their final drawing. Through the use of comparative measurement techniques, students will learn how to achieve
    accuracy in proportion. The fundamental concepts of gesture and construction will be discussed as a means of achieving a sense of vitality and form. Anatomy will be addressed relative to the specifics of the
    pose. Emphasis will be placed upon the interaction between general and specific anatomical forms and how to organize them into a coherent structure. The principles of light and form will be taught as a means of achieving a pictorial naturalism. The properties of light will be discussed as a tool for describing volume/form, and to create a sense of spatial atmosphere and mood. Slide lectures and discussions will introduce the students to larger concepts utilizing both contemporary and historical models. The instructor will draw along with the students as well as give each student one on one critiques throughout the process.

  • About the Instructor

    Born in 1977 in California's San Fernando Valley, Richard is a representational painter and draftsman.  He received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2014 and has been teaching for over 15 years at schools and independent studios including Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), California Art Institute, Los Angeles Academy of Fine Art (LAAFA), and 3Kicks Art Studio. Richard has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, New York City, and Cincinnati.


    Richard currently lives and works in Avon, NY.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Minimum enrollment requirement for all studio workshops is 5. Students will be notified if this number is not reached 60 days before the first day of class. At that time, they will be given the choice of either enrolling in another workshop, availability permitting, or having their payment refunded. Students may continue to apply to workshops even after the deadline and through the first day of the course.

    The Florence Academy of Art reserves the right to substitute instructors of any course at the last minute or during the session. Attached is a word document with your materials list, please bring your materials with you on the first day of your workshop. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via e-mail.

    No refunds will be given for cancellation after payment of the balance.

    The Florence Academy of Art endeavors to provide an educational environment conducive to encouraging the artistic talents of each student. This requires that all students respect the policies of the Academy, its instructors, and the other students in the program. By enrolling in the Academy, students agree to subscribe to these policies as contained in the Student Handbook available on this website.

    The Florence Academy of Art is a United States non-profit 501 c (3) educational entity, and admits students of any race, age, color and national or ethnic origin.

  • Includes

    30 hours full instruction by individual critique with a break for lunch 1-2pm.


    Teaching hours are all with the model.


    Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced welcome


    Maximum enrollment 14 students


    Studio access 9:00am-6:00pm


    Housing Assistance

  • Refund Policy

    If a student requests a refund 30+ days prior to the start date of the workshop, they will receive a 100% refund.

    If a student requests a refund 7-30 days prior to the start date of the workshop, they will receive a 75% refund.

    If a student requests a refund less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop, they will receive a 50% refund.