Figure Painting I (In-Person)

This class is designed to provide students with the fundamental tools necessary to render the challenging, yet infinitely rewarding subject of the human figure in oil paint. Students will begin by exploring anatomy and the underlying structures of the figure. Students will then approach planar modeling and how to seek out color relationships via color temperature zones. In this class students learn from artists who have mastered figure painting, taking elements of masterworks and recreating them with focus on specific elements of the original. Students learn about and work from images of paintings by Matisse, Degas, Euan Uglow, Jenny Saville, and Amy Sherald. This is an excellent first stop paving the way to working directly from a model. Students in this class will work from images, live models will not be used. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies

Prerequisites: Beginning Painting or equivalent experience.

Required supplies for the first class: Two pieces of 22 x 30” Arches cover white paper; 24 x 36” drawing board; roll of white artist tape; 32 ounce jar (not bottle) of gesso; gesso brush; collection of brushes (two each in sizes 2, 4, 8 and 12); two metal (pie-shaped) palette knives; large pad of disposable palette paper; good supply of cloth rags; 32 ounce can of Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; small container of Q-tips. Oil paint colors: Titanium white, yellow ochre, burnt umber, Indian red, alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow light, cobalt blue. Paint size: large tube (150 ml) of white and small tubes (37ml.) for remaining colors. Recommend brands: the 1980 brand of student grade paint made by the Gamblin company. Students should expect to spend about $200 on supplies.

Participants in this course will be required to follow current CDC guidelines: maintain a minimum of 6' physical distance from others, and wear a face covering over nose and mouth at all times on campus. If guidelines change, participants will be notified. No supplies or materials will be shared.

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity; a face mask; an apron if preferred.

Register Before: June 4
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

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Course Details

2D 9339 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Date End: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Drawing and Painting
Beginning Painting or equivalent experience.