Painting the Clothed Figure

We will begin by studying the nude figure and drapery separately, building up to 2 longer poses with a clothed model. An expanded version of the popular 5-week workshop, this course focuses on seeing tone, proportions, achieving accurate colors, and traditional oil painting techniques. Enjoy demonstrations and plenty of individual instruction.

What you will learn in this class:

  • Confidence painting the clothed figure and drapery

  • Mixing accurate colors

  • General understanding of oil paint and associated materials: knowledge of their chemical properties, how to use, and how to recycle/dispose responsibly

  • Human proportions

Required supplies:

Start the term with:

  • Four surfaces (canvas, panel, or primed paper): 1 surface @ 18 x 24, 1 surface @ 12 x 36 (or a similar, long format), 2 surfaces anywhere between 11 x 14 and 18 x 24

  • Three glass jars with lids

  • Cloth rags

  • Hard plastic or glass palette with a completely flat surface (no cups), or palette paper

  • Metal palette knife, the kind with a bent segment between handle and blade (no plastic)*

  • Brushes: at least one small, medium, and large size in both round and flat*

  • Paints: titanium white, ultramarine blue, burnt umber*

Later in the term you will need:

  • Paints: cadmium red (or cadmium red hue), alizarin crimson (or quinacridone magenta), cadmium yellow (or cadmium yellow hue), yellow ochre, sap green, raw sienna, burnt sienna*

  • One more surface, between 11 x 14 and 18 x 24, and a home-made viewfinder with the same proportions (We will talk about how to make this in class)

Items marked with an asterisk are available for purchase in Fleisher’s school store. Members receive a 10 percent discount on art supply purchases.