Painting the Figure

This class will provide you with an introduction to figure painting. Students will work from the live model. Emphasis will be given to seeing color and value ( lights and darks) and mixing color. Students will gain understanding in how to translate what they see when looking at the model into a painting. Several demonstrations will be given over the 10 weeks. Personal attention will be given to each student according to their experience. All levels of experience will benefit from this very fundamental course.

What you will learn:

  • The observation and understanding of gesture in all aspects of the figure

  • Learning to see the direction of light in terms of light and shadow patterns

  • Observing the model’s complexion as a relationship of skin color, hair color and eye color

  • Seeing the three qualities of light: light, transition and shadow

  • All Winsor & Newton or Rembrandt or Gamblin – do not purchase Winton paints or Utrecht brand paints: Ivory Black All COLORS, Ultramarine Blue, Indian Red, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Transparent Oxide Red

  • Mixed white (combination of zinc and titanium)

  • Liquin

  • Brushes should be a combination of bristle and sable or artificial sable brushes. I recommend Winsor & Newton brand brushes: Lexington Filbert series, #’s 6,8 & 10 – two of each; Monarch Filbert series, #’s 4,6 & 8 – two of each; Monarch Round series, #’s, 2, 4 & 6 – two of each

  • Either a “strip” palette made of sheets on a pad , or a wooden palette. Palette cups, which clip onto the palette and hold the medium and solvent

  • Mineral spirits, turpenoid or Gamsol

  • Paper towels

  • Stretched canvas, cotton or linen or canvas boards. Suggested sizes: 12 x 14, 14 x 18”, 16 x 20” 18 x 24”

  • A palette knife is needed for scraping the palette