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CCC Workshop – Gesture Drawing: The Essence of Figure

"Shadow Play: Yvette's Gloves" drawing of a nude woman by Ellen Soderquist

Shadow Play: Yvette’s Gloves
45″ x 36.5″

Ellen Soderquist of Dallas, Texas, selected to exhibit her large-scale graphite drawings in the 2014 Au Naturel exhibit, will lead a workshop entitled Gesture Drawing: The Essence of Figure on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Drawing and Painting Studio, Room 112, 1799 Lexington in Astoria, OR.  During this workshop, participants will concentrate on gesture drawing techniques designed to sharpen the artist’s ability to see, internalize and express the figure. In describing the process of gesture drawing, Soderquist explains, “A gesture drawing is not a collection of leisurely studied and exactly positioned body parts and details. To create a gesture drawing of the human figure that is captivating, the flurry of charcoal dust or the tangled lines of graphite must coalesce into a palpable being. In this workshop, we will concentrate on various gestural techniques that will sharpen your ability to see, internalize and represent what you see. Our goal: an essence of humanity…a moment frozen.”


The workshop will overlap the timeframe of the Winter Term life drawing class, but limited spaces are available to the public for a fee of $25.  Please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 for registration information and a materials list. Space is limited.

"Shadow Play: The Shade" drawing of a nude woman by Ellen Soderquist

Shadow Play: The Shade
36.5″ x 45″


Since 1979, Ellen Soderquist has been a studio artist, a teacher of life drawing and a proponent of the nude in contemporary art. As an artist, Ellen creates intelligent and sensuous graphite drawings of the nude human body. As a teacher of life drawing, she advocates that her students not only learn the techniques of life drawing but that they also understand the role of the nude in the history of art. As a lecturer and an author, Soderquist brings the complex relevance of the unclothed human body to the consciousness of contemporary culture.  In addition to leading her workshop, she will be present for the Au Naturel artist reception January 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery at 1799 Lexington in Astoria, OR, which is free and open to the public.   More information about Ellen Soderquist and her artwork can be found at the artist’s website,



Please direct inquiries to:  Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].

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