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Learn to draw the human figure with artist Margaret Lazzari, starting with the skeleton and working out to the surface. Lazzari is a painter, writer, and Professor Emerita of Art at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design. She has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions and has written several innovative art textbooks. Over her 33 years at USC, she taught in the MFA program and undergraduate painting, drawing, design, and general education areas. 

This two-hour long workshop will include instruction (30 minutes of demonstration and at most 90 minutes of individual work with guidance from the instructor). Open to all skill levels and all materials will be provided.



Margaret Lazzari is a painter, writer, and Professor Emerita of Art at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design. Lazzari has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions, including her 2022 exhibition, Breathing Space, at Billis Williams Gallery LA and her 2015 solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum as Distinguished Woman Artist. Her works are included in several permanent collections, including the Cathedral Collection of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Kaiser Hospitals, California; Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama; Azusa Pacific University, California; among many more. Lazzari has written several innovative textbooks, both as the sole author of Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist and also as co-author of Art and Design Fundamentals; Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, published by Cengage; and two drawing text/sketchbooks published by Oxford University Press. The third edition of the Practical Handbook was published in 2021 by Thames and Hudson. Exploring Art is a revolutionary approach to art appreciation, based on the concept that understanding world art is essential to becoming a responsible world citizen.



Created between 2003 and 2004, Margaret Lazzari: The Cancer Series documents the physical and psychological fallout—and recovery—of the artist’s experience with breast cancer. Consisting of over thirty paintings, drawings, and videos, these works are an intimate and emotional look at the link between our bodies and our sense of self; the trauma experienced when this connection is altered; and the steps taken to reestablish this connection. Lazzari’s work maps the extreme emotions and energy swings that accompany such moments of irrevocable change.

The exhibition is curated by Danielle Sommer, Assistant Curator at USC Fisher Museum of Art.


Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact Maria Galicia at (213)740-5549, It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations or auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify us at least 10 days before the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

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