Painting the Clothed Model in the Landscape

This class will provide Fleisher students with unique opportunity to paint a model, both clothed figure and portrait, alla-prima and en plein air examining how colors, values, and the very perception of the shape change under natural light. Each week will feature a new pose at different Philadelphia parks. The class will cover spatial and linear perspective, the importance of the silhouette and local colors, mixing colors, arrangement of the image, composition, usage of brushes and palette knife. Experience drawing and painting from the model recommended.

Special Notes
This is an in-person, off-site course that will take place in various locations throughout the Philadelphia region. The instructor will communicate the locations via email before each class. We will practice social distancing during class sessions.

Required supplies:

  • Paints: professional oil or acrylic or casein paints ( Windsor & Newton, Richeson/Shiva, Williamsburg, Sennelier, Gamblin, Utrecht or comparable). Colors: Titanium white; Cadmium Yellow (light or lemon); Ochre (yellow or light); Raw Siena; Venetian Red/ or English Red/ or Red Ochre; Cadmium Red Light/ or Vermilion/ or Scarlet Red; Alizarin Crimson; Ultramarine Blue; Emerald Green, Burnt Umber; Ivory Black

  • Brushes: if you have any brushes you comfortable with please bring them. However you should take into account the sizes of your canvases. Normally, for outdoor painting we’d have round and flat (or almond shape) bristle or semi-soft and stiff synthetic brushes about 1/3″ to 1″ thick.

  • Palette knife

  • Appropriate palette: for oils, a traditional plywood palette polished with varnish or boiled linseed oil. For acrylic paints, a white plastic or metal palette or tray. For short plein air sketches you won’t need a big palette, so the instructor recommends one about 9″ by 12″ or slightly smaller.

  • Solvent for oil painting: turpentine (if you have no allergies) or odorless turpenoid. To make your paints dry faster you could use dammar varnish (adding just a little bit to your turpentine) or oil painting medium.

  • Palette cup for oils or plastic cup for water to paint with acrylic or casein (do not forget water)

  • Canvas pad 9″ by 12″ or 12″ by 16″

  • Portable easel or plein air box

  • Rags for cleaning brushes and palette

  • Tray or flat cardboard box sized to your canvas pad for transporting wet painting (you won’t need one for acrylic or casein since these paints get dry quite fast)

  • Remember that plein air painting means that you will be spending three hours outside. A foldable chair as well as a portable umbrella or hat are highly recommended.