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Cape Cod Museum of Art

Push/Pull Figure Drawing with Laura Shabott

Workshop for Artists who want to learn Hofmann's theory of pushing & pulling a composition on a two-dimensional surface which is best understood when drawing from life with charcoal on paper.

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Push/Pull Figure Drawing with Laura Shabott
Push/Pull Figure Drawing with Laura Shabott

Time & Location

Jan 25, 2020, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Ln, Dennis, MA 02638, USA


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We will work using guided exercises that demonstrate this fundamental principle and how it is integral to understanding modern art. The course begins with a lecture on Hofmann’s push/pull theory by viewing the work of his students and continues with two and a half hours of drawing with a break for lunch. Each artist, no matter what their level of experience, will leave with a deeper understanding of how to draw the figure. Affirming and insightful critiques build confidence and the ability to continue life drawing as a practice. Fee is all inclusive.


In 2015, Laura Shabott returned to painting and drawing through the teachings of Robert Henry, her ongoing work at Berta Walker Gallery and a Romano Rizk Scholarship from the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Figure drawing is the foundation of her practice and living in Provincetown is the source of her inspiration. About her work, Emily Mergel writes in Artscope Magazine “Shabott continually draws inspiration from abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann and breaks forms into their most evocative essentials…She seizes the opportunity to burst the gallery walls, speaking with intentional gesture in visual vocabulary all her own.”

A teaching artist at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Castle Hill and PAAM, Shabott works with adults who want to immerse themselves in painting and drawing after other careers and journeys.

List of supplies

Lunch, water and snacks: While there is food available in the area, it takes time away from the course so please plan so that you are nourished and remain alert. 

One 18 x 24” sized white acid-free drawing pad with at least 25 sheets. Strathmore Windpower, XL Sketch are two of many options. There is great benefit in seeing how other people approach drawing on the same sized surface. 

One pkg. Vine Charcoal: Grumbacher Soft 3-Sticks or Nitram Soft Fine Art Charcoal

One Artist Chamois

Two Faber Castelli Kneadable Art Erasers

One Acid Free Glue Stick: Avery, Blick, 3M are good. 

Scotch Tape (temporary so any kind will do).


Gloves (like for food prep)

Handwipes for hands and face


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    Includes a $20 model fee and lecture.

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  • Members

    Includes a $20 model fee and lecture.

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