Introduction to Figure Painting (tuition-free)

As an introduction to the fundamentals of painting the figure, this class encourages careful and deliberate study of value and color in flesh painting. You will explore limited palette and develop skills for simplifying complex forms. Working from the model you will begin with small color/value sketches in oil.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

What you will learn:

  • Surface preparation

  • Under painting

  • Application of paint

  • Composition

Required supplies:

  • Surfaces

    • Medium to large surfaces: 12×16-18×24 inches
    • Just bring 1 or 2 surfaces to the first class
    • Surface material could be pre-stretched canvas, gessoed panels, canvas paper, gessoed cardboard, yupo paper.
  • Brushes

    • Medium size for oil or acrylic
    • Suggest Filberts but feel free to try Flats and Rounds
    • Either natural hair or synthetic
    • Brushes will be discussed in the first class, if unsure please just bring whatever brushes you already have on hand.
  • Turpenoid

  • Oil medium if using oil paint

    • Suggest Alkyd mediums such as Galkyd, Liquin, Utrecht Glazing Medium (not Walnut Alkyd medium). These mediums are very easy to use. If you prefer more traditional mediums such as Linseed oil, please feel free to bring them.
  • Large paper palette for mixing paint

  • Palette knife

  • Paints

    • Warm and cool of each primary
      • Lemon yellow and Cad Yellow Medium
      • Cobalt and Cerulean
      • Cad Red Medium and Venetian Red
    • To serve as a black
      • Ultramarine Blue and Raw Umber
    • Use middle-expense brands like Gamblin, Utrecht, and Rembrandt. Stay away from “student grades”, these paints have very little pigment in them and will be difficult to use.