Master Artist Workshop with Alexey Steele

Drawing workshop 4

Cost: $425 CAC Members/$475 Non-members (includes $25 model fee)

Location: Steele Studios in Carson, CA

RSVP: Contact the CAC at 626.583.9009.

Limited to 14 participants.


In this 3-day head study intensive, Alexey will do morning lectures on crucial importance of drawing for a painter and demonstration on the use of his principles and approaches. After lunch break, students will work on their own with personal guidance and tutelage from Alexey.

Alexey will be using Cretacolor Sepia leads and Fabriano soft press paper.

Following the tradition of Russian Imperial Academy, Alexey Steele believes in the unbreakable unity of Form, Tone and Color. Drawing has always occupied a special place in the Russian Academic Tradition, celebrated particularly for its achievements in painting. The vital importance of acquiring critical drawing skills for successful painting is often underrepresented within a multitude of workshops or sporadic live-drawing classes on which the US art students have to rely on for their representational art education in absence of an adequate and systematic academic fine arts programs. This imbalance creates a noticeable void in the depth of artistic understanding and representation.

There are two major areas that the Art of Drawing addresses and which are critical to painting. The drawing as it was practiced within Russian Academic tradition describes the connection between the Form and the Tonality while the full command of the tonality enables connection to Color. In this drawing workshop Alexey Steele will describe these two critical junctures and will concentrate on the connection of Form to Tonality.

Alexey will describe his own process as well as his personal necessities for drawing as an important tool in his continuous search for new expressiveness in painting.

Alexey will give a systematic and holistic overview of principles that, strangely enough, not only often thought of as “separate”, but even sometimes perceived as incompatible. This separation often leads to a range of expressive limitations in finished works.

The workshop is designed to share with students, advanced or beginners, a set of critical principles Alexey is using in his own work and encourage practices that will enable students to gain a grasp of key fundamental principles that will enable them to unlock their own artistic approaches most fitting their own aesthetic preferences.

About the Artist:

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 19, 1967, Alexey Steele began his art training at an early age in the studio of his father, renowned Russian artist Leonid Steele. He furthered his professional education at the prestigious Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute, studying under internationally acclaimed artist Ilya Glazunov. In 1990, Steele moved to Los Angeles where he still resides as he paints large-scaled figurative murals, commissioned portraits, and California plein air landscapes inspired by the classical color palette of the Moscow School.

Two of Steele’s unique grand-scaled mural commissions include The Circle, figurative composition with a diameter of 31 feet, and the slightly smaller allegorical work, The Soul of the Hero. Among Steele’s numerous exhibitions are two that were held at the Fleischer Museum of Art in Scottsdale, Arizona, titled Russian Treasures and Two Generations of Artists: Leonid and Alexey Steele. A Solo exhibition of Steele’s work was shown in 2005 at the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California; titled Outside Constraints. In addition, his work has been featured in exhibitions at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California;Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles; Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California; Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, California; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, California; Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona; University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas; and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles.

Steele is a Signature Member of the California Art Club and was the recipient of the Silver Medal for the 1994 California Discovery Award. In 1996, he co-founded the Annual Russian Heritage Festival, which continued to be presented at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California until 2005. In 2010 Steele received the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award for Best Painting from the California Art Club’s 99th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

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