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Cayman's National Gallery

Postby KarenS » Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:42 am

Cayman Net News: "Since man first began creating art, the human form has been one of his favourite subjects to interpret and recently the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands partnered with the Academy of Realist Art based in Toronto, to offer two one-week workshops on Classical Drawing from the nude.

Cayman artists learned the techniques of the masters in both of the one week workshops, from instructor Fernando Freitas.

They learned how to realistically render the figure from a live model, how to get correct proportions and the dramatic effect of three-dimensional life in figure work, how to select proper tools and materials, how to position and light the model, how to measure proportions on the figure accurately, how to capture the expression of the pose, and how to judge the light and dark shadow to render the figure realistically.

The National Gallery hopes to bring down the ARA for a course in the future, on life painting. For more information on the work of either of these organizations please visit their websites or

Meanwhile the gallery is continuing with its monthly presentations in Art Flix.

This month, the National Gallery presents a documentary telling the story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its inspiring creator.

It is the story of sculptor and architect Maya Lin who, at age 21, designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Lin’s plan was selected from over 1,000 different designs, a giant victory for a young and unknown artist. But Lin came up against mighty opposition from indignant veterans and a hostile congress. The film tells the gripping story, through archival footage and interviews, behind the Vietnam Memorial and explores a decade of her creative work.

The film will be introduced with a short lecture and attendees are invited to discuss films following screenings. A complimentary glass of wine accompanies the film which begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, 19 April at the Harbour Place gallery."
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