Figure Fridays

Friday, March 27, 2020 // 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Event Description


Here at MOCA Jacksonville, a Cultural Institute of UNF, the well-being and safety of our staff and community is a top priority. Over the past two months, the University of North Florida has been actively monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization, as well as state and local health officials. At this time, our focus is to be mindful of prevention. Our goal is to always minimize any possible health and safety risks to our staff and community.  This event has been cancelled, but we hope you join us for future workshops.

Join artist and teacher, William McMahan, in MOCA's 5th floor studio for figure drawing the last Friday of every month. This life drawing workshop is designed for artists of all levels of experience. General proportions will be introduced initially, along with key anatomical landmarks. A focus will be placed on creating dynamic figures, with gesture drawings being demonstrated and practiced. During longer poses, artists will be encouraged to work from initially placing joints and being mindful of bone structure, before building general shapes on top of the bones. Intentionally considering different levels of finish will also be a focus of this workshop.

Materials are not provided for this class. Bring your own materials to draw. Newsprint and charcoal are recommended for gesture drawing, yet any drawing media is acceptable for the longer poses.  

About the Instructor:

After receiving an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University, William McMahan moved to Jacksonville in 2012 and began teaching with the Art League of Jacksonville. He currently manages the Murray Hill Art Center for ALJ and teaches and oversees many classes for the organization. William has also been teaching a range of drawing classes at Reddi Arts as well as through the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach since 2013. William historically produces surrealistic representational drawings and etchings, but he has also been working on a series of abstract brush pen drawings for over a year.

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