Figure and Portrait Drawing Course at the Clark

For Immediate Release

January 14, 2010

Drape, fold, swish, and figure. Giovanni Boldini's paintings excite the eye and spark the imagination. Using the mood and style of the master Boldini as inspiration, local artist David Lane will teach the basics of figure and portrait drawing at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Work from live models during this eight session course held on Sundays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 10 am. Basic supplies are provided. Cost is $150 ($125 for members). To register, call 413-458-0524. Class size is limited to twelve participants.

Lane has studied with well known Berkshire landscape painter John MacDonald and internationally known color-theorist Dan Thompson at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York. Since 2006, he has devoted himself to classical technique—drawing and painting the figure, still life and landscape—exploring connections between contemporary concerns and historical approaches. Lane almost always works directly from life, and is concerned with creating work with atmosphere that evokes a mood, depicts a visual impression, or captures a fleeting moment. He teaches regularly at Northern Berkshire Creative Arts, the Clark, and offers drawing and painting classes out of his studio in the Eclipse Mill. Lane holds a BFA from the University of Calgary and an MFA in theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and when he’s not painting, he can be found teaching theatre at the University at Albany.

Through approximately seventy oil paintings and drawings, Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris presents an innovative look at Boldini’s Paris—its places of entertainment and leisure, its inhabitants, and its environs—at a time when the Impressionists were investigating the same sites and subjects.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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