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Drawing the Human Figure: From the Old (And New) Masters

About the Workshop

Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. You will learn historical and contemporary life drawing techniques practiced by the greats, using simple materials—pencils, charcoal and erasers—as means of discovery.

This workshop is open to all levels. It does not assume any prior experience or that one will become an artist, but it prepares all to do stronger work in fields that depend upon creative thinking. Cost includes materials: Artist tape, Charcoal sticks, Charcoal pencil kit, Strathmore drawing paper. 


Figure Study #1

Figure Study #2

Portrait Monument #1

Portrait Monument #2


Meet The Instructor


Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin based painter. He combines landscape, the legacy of Byzantine iconography, portraiture, architecture and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.

His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery and Frank Juarez Gallery. His work is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Salas is also a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and associate professor of art at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. 

Visit for more information on the artist and his work.


Recent work by Rafael

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