Anatomy and Figure Drawing with Richard Greathouse

Richard Greathouse , assisted by Marty Welsh, held an Anatomy and Figure Drawing workshop in Beijing from August 5th to August 23rd. The workshop aimed to improve students artistic training and techniques. During the workshop students built an ecorchè, a sculpture of a human figure with the skin removed to display the musculature. This exercise helps to simplify, understand and appreciate the subject observed during the painting and sculpting process.

About Richard Greathouse

Born in 1986, Richard Greathouse grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. After attending the architecture school at the University of Virginia from 2005 to 2006, he decided to devote himself fully towards painting and began his studies at The Florence Academy of Art in 2008. During his third year of study there, he was offered a job as a teaching assistant for both anatomy and painting. After completing the painting program in 2011, he stayed on for a 4th year of specialized study and has since continued teaching in both the Anatomy and Painting programs. In 2014, he was invited to Jersey City to help open the FAA U.S. branch there, heading up its Anatomy Program.  

In 2016, he returned to Florence to take on the position as Director of Anatomy at the FAA, as well as principal instructor in the second year of the Painting Program. In 2016 he also attended a human cadaver dissection course in San Francisco under Dr. Gil Hedley. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the FAA, Richard teaches workshops both in the U.S. and in Italy. Richard currently resides in Florence, Italy, where he maintains a studio at the Florence Academy.  

 Richard’s work focuses on our experience of Nature and draws inspiration from celebrating the mystery of our existence within it, often using the human figure as a means to do so. He believes strongly in the idea of art-making as an inward act, through which the artist is able to grow and improve him or herself not only as an artist, but as a person.  

 Richard has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. and Europe, and he is currently represented by Haynes Galleries in Nashville, Tennessee, and in Thomaston, Maine. His work has been collected internationally.  

About Marty Welsh

Marty Welsh (b. 1991) is from Kansas City, Kansas. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Dallas in 2013, after which she chose to continue her studies in painting at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. Upon graduating from the three year painting program in 2017 she was offered a teaching position at the Florence Academy of Art. Today, she continues to teach there as co-director of the écorché program, in addition to working in her own studio. She has taught private lessons and workshops in both Italy and the US. 

Richard Greathouse’s website