Visiting Artist Workshop: Painting the Figure in an Environment
This workshop will take place on Saturday March 9 & Sunday March 10.
Focus on the fundamental principles of painting the human figure in a space/environment. Learn to see visual information as shapes of values and colors and to organize these shapes in a sequential order of importance. You won’t create a polished or finished product/ painting but will learn tools you can apply to your own practice. Learn through lectures, demos, and individual guidance to meet your needs and skillset.
Students can bring materials they normally use. However, instruction and demo will focus on oil paints, and the following materials work best for the intended purposes of this workshop. If financial circumstances allowed, I encourage everyone to try them out.
- Several Filbert brushes #4 by Silver Grand Prix and other shapes/sizes
- Have at least 1 toned* support of good quality ready for the the final painting and a couple for studies. All supports should be toned* (whether for the study or final painting).
- 20×16 is a manageable size (but other sizes are acceptable if students know will work for them) for the amount of time we have.
- Winsor Newton Professional Grade Paints are recommended especially for Burnt Sienna
- Permanent Rose
- Cad Yellow Pale
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Titanium White
- Ivory Black *
- Dioxane Purple (Gamblin Optional)
- A prepared wooden palette
- Palette cups or seal-able jars
- Odorless mineral spirits or Turpenoid ONLY
- Viva Paper Towels
- A palette knife
*CANVAS TONING PROCESS: For acrylic primed canvas only: On acrylic primed canvas, apply one coat of Golden Acrylic N6 Neutral Gray paint diluted with water to the consistency of “half and half” (roughly 3 parts water and one part acrylic paint) on the canvas with a household (2-3”)paint brush. To apply the tone, first cover the entire surface of the canvas with the mixture with the household paint brush. When the surface is completely covered make sure the paint surface is smooth by lightly dragging the same brush across the entire canvas the long way (parallel to the 20” edge). The finished canvas should have a uniformly smooth gray finish with some canvas showing through the brush marks. Apply one coat only. You can tone one canvas and let dry to see the result and adjust the mixture if necessary before toning the rest. For best results, tone the canvas at least 24 hours before use even though the acrylic dries to touch in as little as 20 minutes.