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Classical Life Drawing Studio
Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing

James Lancel McElhinney and the Instructors of the Art Students League of New York, foreword by Will Barnet

Series: The Art Students League of New York
Publisher: Sterling
Published: August 2010

224 pages
ISBN: 1-4027-6229-1
ISBN13: 9781402762291
$29.95 US
$38.95 Canadian
Hardcover with Jacket
all in color
Classical drawing is staging a comeback. The Art Students League of New York presents a unique and perfect celebration of this revival: a gallery of never-before-published 19th- and 20th-century drawings and invaluable insights from the League's figurative drawing teachers along, with exemplary works by them and their select students. With a foreword by celebrated artist Will Barnet, this collection is the ultimate volume on the art of drawing.
About the Author
James L. McElhinney received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and was later awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His artwork has been shown in more than 40 solo gallery and museum exhibitions, and is found in many private and public collections. He teaches at The Art Students League and Pratt Institute and conducts oral histories for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. He lives in New York.

About the Instructors
The Art Students League of New York was founded by and for artists in 1875. Many famous artists who have shaped the vocabulary of art worldwide have been instructors, lecturers, and students here. They include, among many others, George Bridgman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Winslow Homer, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

Classical Life Drawing Studio:
Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing
(The Art Students League of New York)
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The Art Model’s Handbook
The Naked Truth about Posing for Art Classes and Fine Artists
By Andrew Cahner

Review by Jeffrey Wiener

There are few professions that are as socially provocative and historically dogged by sexual inuendo than the artist's model. But as any artist and model knows, there is little drama to this professional relationship. More typically, the artist-model relationship involves a great deal of formality and respect. In fact, the model is an object that is studied in art classes and artists' studios quite regularly, and there are many professional responsibilities that come with the trade.

Andrew Cahner's new book The Art Model's Handbook is a great overview of the Model's role in the studio and the expectations that accompany being a professional artist's model. From handling bookings and typical business practices, to preparing for poses and keeping one's mind entertained during long stretches, this book covers it in a down-to-earth fashion that is succinct and clears the air of those rediculous historical stereotypes. This is a great book for those looking to become an artist's model.

Jeffrey Wiener

Endorsements from the Author's website:
“An invaluable resource for the new art model, the professional art model, art schools, art instructors, art students, and anyone wanting to learn more about the complexities of creating inspiration as a professional artist’s model.”

Wendy McClay-Triplett
Manager, Models & Props
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, California

“Given the importance that the figurative arts community places on the model, one would think that they would have addressed proper training a long time ago. Yet the vast majority of these communities throughout the country have little or nothing that would help new models to become the inspirational figure that artists look for to unleash the creative spirit essential to produce the best outcome.

This work has all the tools one needs to develop into a skilled professional model—a boon to art instructors, art students, model coordinators and those artists who meet in groups to work from the nude figure.”

David R. Quammen
Figure Models Guild
Washington, D.C.

..."There are so many aspiring models out there that I talk to on a daily basis and the same questions always come up; 'where do I start, what should I do, not do….' ? In The Art Model's Handbook I think Andrew, an experienced life and photography model, really captured a lot of topics essential to both models, artists, art teachers and everyone involved in figurative art."...

From the blog of Antoine de Villiers.

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