Dennis W. Cheaney is an artist who creates realistic drawings and paintings of still lifes, portraits, and figures inspired by natural forms, the Greek Classical period and the European Baroque. Dennis received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Southern California (1995) and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (1998), where he was an Andy Warhol Foundation Scholar studying under Edward Schmidt.

Dennis has continued his studies in the Loire Valley, France with the eminent artist and portraitist Ted Seth Jacobs and at the Water Street Atelier in New York with the noted artists Jacob Collins and Michael Grimaldi.

Dennis has exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Texas, France and Canada. He received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for figure painting. He lives in New York City, where he pursues his own work and teaches at the New York Academy of Art and the Long Island Academy of Fine Art.

Summer 2014: Classes in NYC

Two Continuing Education Classes, NYAA

Materials and Techniques: Figure Drawing, Monday nights, 6:30pm to 9:30 pm, June 9 to August 11, 2014
In this unique course, we will work from the life model and investigate a variety of drawing media. Through a series of designed projects we will study pencil shading, cross hatching, drawing on toned paper with two or three tones, oil pastel or colored pencil and silver point. Students may take the course again, tone their own paper and investigate colored pencil, pen and ink wash, water color, egg tempera, distemper oil paints and encaustic oil painting. Lectures and demonstrations will clearly present the information. For inspiration and assistance, we will look at the best examples of past masters. Drawing fundamentals will also be addressed. Students of all levels are welcome. Come and explore the many ways to draw the figure.

Intermediate Drawing and Painting, Tuesday nights, 6:30pm to 9:30 pm, June 8 to August 10, 2014
In this 10 week class, students will learn how to transition from drawing into painting. Through a series of exercises from classical casts and prints of master works, we will consider fundamental topics of light, form and color. Class projects include copying prints by Charles Bargue and painting in black and white from a print of a Da Vinci drapery study. A class will be devoted to color theory and mixing exercises before moving onto the final class project, copying a master still life painting by the 18th Century French artist Jean Chardin. Open to artists of all levels.

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For enrollment, contact Michael Smith, Co-Director of Continuing Education Dept., at 212-966-0300 x969 or