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Bill Buchman, an accomplished artist and innovative teacher, gives workshops on both figure drawing and creativity and has made two educational DVD's on these topics, "Art Is an Attitude" and "Creative Breakout". His broad background includes studies with two of Americas foremost art educators - Fletcher Martin and Victor D'Amico. Buchman, who began his art studies in 1962, afterward traveled and studied widely and lived and worked in Europe for 20 years before settling in Sarasota, Florida in 2001. His popular works, brightly colored spontaneous abstractions and expressive figure drawings, may be seen in many private and public collections in Denmark, Sweden, England and the US (where he now resides). Bill attended Cornell University, School of Fine Arts and Boston University, School of Liberal Arts and has a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with many notable music teachers. Bill's new book, "Expressive Figure Drawing" is published by Watson-Guptill/Random House and was released December 14th, 2010. In addition to his artistic expertise, Bill is also an accomplished jazz pianist and composer and has written film music, poetry, and children's stories. Currently Bill is on the faculty of the Ringling College - Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Longboat Key, FL. Bill will be coming out with two new DVD's this fall and has a signature line, called the"Zen" series, of Sumi brushes and reed pens which along with his DVD's are available on Amazon.
Bill's book "Expressive Figure Drawing" is the fruit of a lifetime of drawing experience and study. As the book covers the fundamentals, it also takes the figure drawing aspirant on a journey to understand the body differently... to see it with new eyes... to understand the body as an artistic and poetic subject as well. It encourages the artist to see drawing the figure as a means to self-expression and self-discovery. It encourages students to keep an open mind towards their own drawing possibilities, as they learn to boldly capture the flow of the human figure. Bill's ease with both the realms of visual art and music adds an extra dimension to his teaching methods.
About his teaching method in the book, Bill says, "The expressive way explains and demonstrates how to improve your fundamentals while being creative at the same time. This approach is concrete but not written in stone. It is a way that is designed to keep the student opening new doors and discovering new ideas and possibilities while absorbing solid knowledge and traditions. Artists of all stripes will find ideas and tools here they can use to improve their drawings and to have a lot of enjoyment in the process."
"In "Expressive Figure Drawing" the act of making creative, expressive and inspired drawings and learning the fundamentals of figure drawing are combined into one pleasurable "awakening" process. I believes that everyone has an "artist within" trying to come to the surface. Learning to draw the figure and explore the endless possibilities of this splendid subject is one of the great ways of getting in touch with this inner artist. It is also one of the best ways of building a foundation for doing every kind of art.