Atelier Methods in Drawing (P21)

Instructor: Mike Howat

This six-week course will explore atelier drawing techniques—a series of methods to create highly life-like drawings and paintings, developed by 19th century studio schools and used today by many "academic" artists and contemporary realists. The course will cover sighting techniques for seeing and measuring shapes and objects, value blocking to create light and shadow, and other methods to translate what you see to paper. Students will work with a variety of subjects, starting with still lives and then working from sculpture, portraits, the figure and other subjects. Contemporary, expressive and experimental approaches to these classical techniques will also be explored. The course is open to all skill levels, and will be held online via Zoom.


Mike Howat is a New Hampshire-based painter and printmaker. His work explores themes of urbanization, Americana and collective memory. Since earning his B.F.A. from New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2014, he has been actively engaged in the growing New England art scene. He exhibits regularly with Kelley Stelling Contemporary and Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, and has shown with Chase’s Garage, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Nahcotta, among others. He is the current artist-in-residence at Kimball Jenkins School of Art, where he teaches classes and workshops in painting, printmaking and drawing. Howat started dabbling with curating in 2018 with Figuratively Speaking (link), an exhibition of established and emerging abstract artists in the Northeast, and recently became a curatorial advisor for the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts. He has future plans for satellite gallery projects. When not in his studio, he’s likely wandering the coast or the White Mountains.