By Nicole Hennessy
Having recently published Shirley Alley Campbell’s exhibition catalog, “The Way of All Flesh,” the Cleveland Artists Foundation, which is housed in the Beck Center for the Arts, is now offering a master class taught by Campbell.
In partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art, the class will take place in the newly renovated and nationally recognized museum.
Focusing on life drawing, Campbell is used to teaching. She’s done so at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College, but this is the first time she’s been asked to teach a master class at the art museum.
A nationally recognized artist, Campbell’s work explores alternative lifestyles, like the transgendered community, always focusing on the personality of her subjects. Through delicate folds of skin and clothing she is able to capture, in her portraiture, whatever messages the person being portrayed conveys, either knowingly or unknowingly.
Mostly all of her pieces include figures, or at least limbs or some sort of human presence. Often, she paints and draws people she is close to. But other times she paints nurses or other professional characters.
The master class, however, will focus on the basics of how to draw figures.
Campbell always uses models. She says other artists may be able to work from photographs, but it’s not something she advises or practices. Through drawing from life, she is able to include much more personality in each of her pieces.
It also “depends on how experienced you are,” she said of working from photos.
Still basking in the “wonderful” experience of having her book published, Campbell was glad to have her life story and work printed.
Her teaching qualifications include numerous awards and the placement of her work in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Evanston Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the UCLA Collection in California, and many private collections throughout the nation.
The class will take place Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Classrooms F and G. Cleveland Artists Foundation and Cleveland Museum of Art members pay only $46, while nonmembers pay $60.
Both fees include parking.
All intermediate or serious artists are encouraged to participate as long as they are at least 18 years old, as nude models will be incorporated into the class.
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