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Fall 2019 – Narrative Drawing- Telling Stories with our Bodies

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NARRATIVE DRAWING- TELLING STORIES WITH OUR BODIES
Megan Ramirez
8 Sessions >> Tuesdays + Thursdays, October 2–October 24
1:00–4:00pm, Studio 14, $385

We will be drawing from life and incorporating imposed narratives in the form of physical objects, backdrops, and drawings from memory. Formal issues will include studying the human figure in once a week, 3 hour drawing sessions, focusing on the use of medium handling, observational technique, value, and composition. Balanced with observational technique, doodling is encouraged! On days that we do not have a model in front of us, we will be exploring a method of storytelling that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images. Working with both images and writing, we will be learning how to communicate through image making: marks that tell a feeling, colors that express a story, and finding our own personal mythologies through symbols, objects, poetry, and expressive figure drawing.

Some artists that we will be looking at for inspiration on opening pathways to creativity are Lynda Barry, Dominique Goblet, Nicole Eisenmann, and Wangechi Mutu.
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Megan Ramirez received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in May 2019. She has taught art lessons in various art studios and private homes throughout Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area since 2013. She has worked with ages ranging from 3 year olds at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center at Fort Mason, ages 5-12 at Artifact and Scribbles and Giggles in North Bay, teenagers in the Young Artist Program at SFAI, to people in their sixties in private homes throughout the Bay Area.

She is a core founder of Freak Comics, an independent self-publishing Bay Area comics collective that curates, edits, and prints bi-monthly anthologies, as well as their own personal work. Freak Comics has tabled at local and international independent comics events such as Comics Art Brooklyn. She has been in over 15 group shows in the Bay Area in the past three years. She has shown in many spaces including the Diego Rivera Gallery, The Convent, and many D.I.Y. spaces throughout San Francisco and Oakland.

Her comics are mainly autobiographical, and concern matters of intimacy, trauma, and healing. Her work is experimental, playing with abstraction, color, and the action of mark making as a means of clarifying her own experiences through the filter of emotion and memory. These stories range in content: existentialism, sexuality, gender, and mental illness are some of the topics that have emphasis.


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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.

What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
All classes, unless otherwise noted, meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.

SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.

SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, #45 Union, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: publiceducation@sfai.edu

What is the refund policy?
Refund requests must be made in writing to publiceducation@sfai.edu.

For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.

For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.

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