Painting the Figure

This online class will provide you with an introduction to figure painting. Students will work from the photograph and master copies. Emphasis will be given to seeing color and value (lights and darks) and mixing color. Students will gain an understanding of how to translate what they see when looking at the subject 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.

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.

Due to Labor Day, this class will begin on September 14, 2020.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

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