A bright Saturday morning sun illuminated the Forum Boarium as tourists queued nearby at the legendary Bocca della Verità or Mouth of Truth. The locale was familiar; a nearby farmers market on the via San Teodoro was a stop earlier in the week on the way to Appia Antica and Cecilia Metella. We’d returned to the onetime bustling cattle market of ancient Rome to study the round Temple of Hercules Victor. The morning session sketching in sanguine pencil built on the week’s education in light and form, while also adding a new focus, rendering trees. Framed by picturesque umbrella pines, the temple served as a focal point against the trees’ darker range of values in the background. Instructor David Mayernik emphasized seeing the ‘structure’…