Figure Drawing Workshop


Monday, September 14 – Wednesday, September 16
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Old Art Building


Royce Deans
2020 Ann Hall Visiting Artist


$150 members
$165 non-members
(There will be $40 per day model fee.)


Complete registration form at the time of payment.


Working from the model has always been and continues to be an important and even essential skill and practice for all artists. The things that we can learn about proportion, scale, and composition from working directly from the model translate directly to whatever our chosen subject or art form is.

In this workshop, we will work from the model to create drawings that reach beyond the effort to make academic figure studies. We will focus on gesture, form and many ways to interpret the figure so that we both become more familiar and able to see nuanced changes in form. Some figure drawing experience is helpful.


  • 18” x 24” Newsprint pad
  • Charcoal
  • Sketchbook
  • 6B Drawing pencil
  • White eraser


About Royce Deans

Royce was born to parents who understood the important role that art plays in society and how crucial exposure and participation in it is to the development of a young person.  He was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago with access to museums and concert halls of every variety. He graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago which gave him the foundations to build a life in the arts. 

Royce moved to Traverse City thirty years ago, a decision which he indicates set his art on a wonderful trajectory. Royce sees each artistic endeavor he has embarked on as a rich experience that has shaped the artist he is today. Living in such an incredibly beautiful place the landscape has, of course, become an overwhelming source of inspiration to him. His background and interest in figurative work, mixed with what he has gained from painting local surroundings on location, has allowed him to find new answers daily. 

Royce's love for teaching and for art has allowed him to travel far and wide. His art career has made it possible to work in many of the countries of Western Europe and Israel, presenting classes, workshops, and retreats. 

Royce Deans is OAB's 2020 Ann Hall Visiting Artist

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