Anchondo was brought up in Ridgway and graduated from Ridgway High School in 2007. He is now a student attending the Cooper Union in New York City. Supplementing his experiences at RHS and Cooper Union, Durnan has also completed a semester program at The Oxbow School in Napa, Calif., and a summer program at The School of Visual Arts in New York. In addition to being a Senior Art Partner (mentor) with Art Partners of Montrose, he has taught popular drawing classes for Weehawken Creative Arts as well as Art Partners of Montrose.
Drawing Hands Drawing will be offered on Dec. 23 from 10 a.m.-noon in Ridgway. Students will learn to draw hands creatively by looking at their own hands and those of their fellow classmates. Hands moving, hands clenching, hands reaching, hands holding things, hands attached to bodies or floating free, hands in a forest or hands in the ocean will be explored creatively during this two-hour session.
This class is offered conveniently just before the holiday, giving parents a much needed two-hour break. The cost for is $20 for WCA members and $22 for non-members. Students are encouraged to register for this class by or before Dec. 21 and those who do will reap the benefit of a discount on the class, dropping the price to $18 for members and $20 for non-members.
How to Draw People, for ages 11 to adult, will be offered on Dec. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m.-noon in Ridgway. This class will provide an exploration into how the figure has been interpreted throughout history. Using examples of different artists and their portrayals of people, Anchondo will structure the class based on a general questioning of the usual conventions associated with drawing the figure.
It will focus not on formal aspects, such as proportion, anatomy and correct color, but on ways that drawing can communicate movement, identity, mood, and life. This will be ordered around multiple drawings that each student will complete during the course of the class focusing on the two themes of a figure and a background, and a portrait.
The cost for this six-hour (over two days) workshop is $43 for WCA members and $47 for non-members. Those registering by or before Dec. 27 will enjoy a deeper discount, bringing the price to $39 for WCA members and $43 for non-members.
For each of these classes, there is a small materials or supply list that students will be asked to bring with them. More details on each of these classes as well as the supply lists can be found at Weehawken’s website www.weehawkenarts.org or by calling 970/318-0150.