Course challenges artists to master
the art of drawing and painting hands

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but to an artist it's the hands that can be most revealing.
That's because, for ages, artists have felt that painting believable hands is one of the most difficult tasks to master. With that in mind, art instructor Peter Kelsey felt the need to focus a course on drawing and painting just the human hand.

"Second only to the face, hands are a most expressive part of the body," said Kelsey, a working artist and teaching fellow at Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art in Center City. "It is essential for the realist artist to master the difficult skill of drawing and painting the human hand."

Through lectures, painting demonstrations and work at the easel, the 10-week course which begins April 16, offers students all the skills required to draw and paint hands with authority. They learn the intricacies of anatomical structure and the nuances of gesture and structure as they progress to painting the hands of a live model.

Can mastering drawing and painting hands really help an artist's overall work? Kelsey quotes Leonardo da Vinci: "Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art."

"He didn't mean it literally, of course," says Kelsey with a smile. "But, it works for me."

Drawing and Painting the Human Hand
Peter Kelsey
Wednesdays, 6 - 9 p.m.
April 16 — June 18
Studio Incamminati 340 North 12th St. Philadelphia, PA


Nelson Shanks "Hands of the Master"

Leonardo da Vinci's hand studies

Studio Incamminati, dedicated to the study and practice of contemporary realist art, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is recognized as a nonprofit organization under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The school features a Professional Program course of study as well as an integrated Studio Art major in partnership with Chestnut Hill College.