Figure Painting

This online figure painting class is an introduction to the methods and materials of oil painting the figure. This class begins with an investigation of color and color relationships. It will also cover technical issues and develop the student’s ability to create a convincing sense of form using mass, color, light, and composition. The majority of the work will be from direct observation and self-portraits. Students in this class will develop various quick study paintings and one or two long-pose paintings. There will be in-class/Zoom studio time to work on projects, and homework will be assigned to work on projects outside of class. Students will gain knowledge and develop a wide range of conceptual and technical skills. This course will expand students understanding of visual representation and visual thinking frameworks. Students will be exposed to a great number of historical and contemporary artists and creative thinkers that bring about valuable ideas and questions in regards to painting and image-making.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • Historical and contemporary examples of figure painting

  • Proportion and human anatomy

  • Color relationships and mixing color

  • Compositional and formal elements

Required supplies:

  • Oil paints: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Transparent Iron Oxide Red, Raw Umber, Ivory Black. The instructor recommends artist grade paint from Williamsburg, Utrecht, or Gamblin.

  • Soft vine charcoal

  • White Stonehenge paper 22×30 (two sheets)

  • Amber shellac, one small can (you can buy this at the hardware store)

  • Assorted round, filbert and square tip brushes (bristle and soft synthetic) sizes 0,2,6,8 and 12

  • Painting palette

  • Gamsol

  • Refined linseed oil

  • Two cups for holding the oil and the painting mediums

  • Cotton rags or a quality paper towel for cleaning brushes and the painting surface

  • One 18” x 24” (can be gessoed wood panels, or gessoed matt boards, or stretched canvas/linen) for
    painting on. Please have a painting surface prepared before class. If gessoing your own panels/canvas please follow these directions: Use Liquitex professional gesso. Apply the gesso using a large flat soft brush. Apply three coats allowing the gesso to dry between each application. Once dry, lightly wet sand the surface until the gesso is smooth.

  • Optional: liquin