Gesture, Block-in, and Form: Investigating the Figure with the Contemporary Classical Method with Geoffrey Klepeis

Tuesdays, 9:30am – Noon 

6 sessions: January 2020

Cost: $300 - On sale now!


This is a step-by-step drawing method that allows the artist to adeptly observe the gesture and natural characteristics of the form of the human body. This will help the artist to create a graceful and compelling structure, which is then ready for rendering form and light. The end goal is creating a dynamic, living drawing in accordance with classical principles.


Each step will be demonstrated through in-class demos, as well as explanations of the techniques and strategies. Students can then apply the knowledge drawing from a live model. Each student will receive personal guidance as they practice their understanding of these methods.


Step 1: Learning the gesture through the inner curve

Step 2: Conceptualizing the major masses of the body by arranging corresponding blocks onto the inner curve

Step 3: The envelope and block-in methods

Step 4: The contour

Step 5: Understanding the light

Step 6: Rendering the form and the final stages of a drawing


Supplies Needed:

-Multiple 2b pencils (Staedler or Faber Castell brands are recommended)

-Putty eraser

-Hard eraser

-Pencil Sharpener

-Large pad of drawing paper. Minimum 14” x 18”. Heavier paper, no newsprint. Medium tooth is recommended, unless you have an established preference already.



-Pencil extender (Generals or Koh-i-noor)

-A baseball cap can be helpful to block out light from your eyes while drawing

Investigating the Figure with Geoffrey Klepeis

C$360.00 Regular Price
C$300.00Sale Price