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Each of Barbara Johnson’s Anatomy and Figure Drawing sessions is an invitation to study the human form, which is made under Barbara’s expert guidance and her generous attention. As our guide she provides an introduction to basic physiology. She draws our attention to the appearance of each model, and how the surfaces are created by tensions in the underlying muscle groups, which create the facial expressions, the grace of the hips, the rotation of the arms. She also teaches how those groups are in turn supported by the skeleton to which they are attached. We are shown how Raphael, for instance, modeled the fainting Madonna by imagining the way her skeleton would turn as she collapsed. Barbara is a classical teacher. The students in her sessions learn how to draw, but even more importantly, we learn how to think and perceive as an artist.

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