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  • Description
    In this 8-week Live Class, Fundamentals of Observational Drawing, instructor Iliya Mirochnik will share with you his knowledge of the Russian Drawing Approach; a technique that has remained nearly unaltered in Russia for over 250 years. It is an excellent tool for learning the fundamentals of observation, construction, and light theory. With the help of Iliya’s intuitive assignments, 3D models, and reference images, this course will give you a strong drawing foundation. The skills you gain from this course will benefit you through your artistic career.

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  • Meet Your Instructor
    Originally from Odesa, Ukraine, Iliya Mirochnik immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s with his family. From a young age, Iliya pursued training in the arts. In 2013, he gained his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia. In his paintings, he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with the American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. He has been the recipient of several prestigious scholarships and awards in the United States and Russia, winning the “First Place” award in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Iliya has exhibited within the United States and abroad, including two solo exhibitions in New York City and Salzburg, Austria. In 2015, Iliya was selected to develop his design for a public monument for Iconbay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm. Since 2018, Iliya has become a full-time professor at Ringling College of Art and Design where he teaches painting and drawing in the Illustration and Game Design Departments.
  • Format
    This Live Class is presented as a pre-recorded lecture with live critiques. While it is encouraged that you attend class live on the dates and times specified below, it is not required, and you can still watch a DVR of the class between weekly classes, and turn in your assignments for critique.

    As a Live Class participant, you will attend class digitally, via a live stream which will appear on the website. Each week, you will be asked to watch certain sections pre-recorded course instruction, then complete the assigned homework. You will then submit that homework for an opportunity to have it critiqued live by the instructor. During class, you can talk with other students, ask the instructor questions, share your work, and receive feedback on your assignments.

    You must have an active subscription to attend this class. For more information, please contact us here.
  • Day and Time
    Classes are live once per week, Saturdays 9:30 am-11:30 am PT Starting January 22nd 2022
  • How to Attend
    You will be provided with a link to the live class stream page shortly before class starts. Make sure you enroll for updates.