Expressive Approaches to Drawing and Painting the Figure

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Meeting Dates: March. 22nd, 23rd & 24th

Meeting Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Price: $360

Spaces Available: 8

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome.

Ages: Adult

Venue/ Location: Brodie Studio, Studio # 96, Tannery Row Artist Colony 554 West Main Street, Buford, Ga. 30518

Explore the freedom of painting the figure expressively!

Loose and expressive approaches to painting the figure will be explored. Students will investigate ways of beginning a painting and the subsequent stages of the painting process by first sketching/painting a few quick studies of a still life photo. You will receive a PDF file of several still life photos that you may choose from to print out on your printer…make sure that your photos have no streaks and are of good quality! Learning how to break down subject matter into basic shapes is vital, and gives an insight into painting any subject matter, (including the figure) from photographs or from life. Rendering photo-realistically, or in a detailed manner is not the goal. Capturing the essence and gesture through suggested mark, color, and simplified shape is key and the focus of this workshop. Please bring quality figurative photos with strong dramatic light source. (5 x 7 or larger). No posed studio or school type photos. Enjoy demonstrations and plenty of individual instruction for both oil and acrylic painters. Please bring a variety of large and medium sized brushes, lots of paint, and bring your supplies to first class. 

A live model session will be offered on the second and third day. (The second day includes a fun loosening up activity. You will need to bring newspaper, other collage papers, a small bit of gesso and gel mat or gloss medium on that day). It is not mandatory that you paint from the live model. You may choose to only paint from your photograph, however, the model will be available for you to paint on the second on third day.

Supply List - Please bring your paint and mark making materials of choice. This could be any of the following: acrylics, oils, alkyds, collage material, oil pastel, charcoal, Heavy and soft Gel mediums, etc., and painting surfaces: one or two Gesso boards or canvases at leas 24 x 30 inches in size or larger, primed or stretched paper on a stretcher or gessoed paper on board. Also bring two sheets of smaller canvas paper or mixed media paper that can support painting between 9 x 12 inches & 16 x 20 inches in size, for the still life painting, brushes of various sizes, preferably flats or filberts around 2 inches, 1 and 1/2, & 1/2 inch in size along with a few smaller flats and rounds. (a few large brushes are a must..3 inch for example) Bring lots of paint! If you still don’t have a basic palette of colors or just have no clue as to what colors to bring, You can bring a very basic or limited amount of colors such as:

Burnt Umber

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Yellow Light

Alizarin Crimson Permanent

Titanium White

Additional Colors I recommend:

Yellow Ochre

Raw Umber

Ivory Black

Cadmium Red

Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)

Please also bring a palette for color mixing. We are going to be using lots of paint and large brushes so please make sure your palette is at least 11 x 14 or larger.

Below I have included a website that I found pretty amazing and accurate concerning help with understanding a variety of art supplies, paint properties and mediums, etc. This is not on my website and when clicking the link will take you to a different website. Please click your backbitten to return to my website.

Website : Click here for help with purchasing supplies.

You may shop at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Blick, Cheap Joes Art Stuff or Amazon for supplies.

Chairs, standing easels and drawing boards are provided.

Facility: The Tannery Row has plenty of parking in the back behind the building. There is a utility sink where you may wash your brushes. There is also a lined bucket for you to place any used, solvent filled rags or towels.

There is also a restaurant attached to the Art Colony, The Tannery Row Ale House, that has a wide range of menu items.


Cancellation Policy: Students must cancel within a two week in advance to receive a 50 % refund.