Gabriela Handal (MFA 2015)
When I was looking to further my studies, one of the things that was extremely important was the study of the human body, anatomy classes, drawing and studying from life. I serendipitously found the Academy and ended up in Dan Thompson’s class in my first semester.I think he is probably one of the best teachers the Academy has.
|In class drawing by Gabriela|
|Anatomical study of Maya by Gabriela|
The study of the human body is enriched with a great instructor.
As for models, having a fellow human lend him/herself for our study is a real privilege. We take our bodies for granted and are in denial of them. Seeing the nude model standing proudly in front of the class like an elegant statue for us to observe and learn, is an incredible practice. In observation, simple things like the model's breath or shifting their position becomes amplified and very beautiful.
|Drawing by Dan Thompson|
In this class, there is a special kind of awareness and study, not just of the body, but of its surroundings. I am fascinated and more aware of the vessel that carries me and everything that I am. I find myself further amazed by the machine that is the human body. It is an exquisite organic form and we know so little about it. I am extremely lucky to be able to study it the way that I am doing right now at the Academy.