Expressive Approaches to Drawing and Painting the Figure

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Meeting Dates: Jan. 4th, 5th & 6th

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 a few quick studies of a still life set up in the studio. 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 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 day.

On going critiques of student work are conducted during the last 15 minutes of each class and is on a volunteer (no pressure basis).

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 surface: Gesso board or canvas at least 16 x 20 inches in size or larger (no larger than 24 x 30 inches, primed), or stretched paper on a stretcher or gessoed paper on board, brushes of various sizes, preferably a flat, around 1 and 1/2 to 1/2 inch in size along with a few smaller flats and rounds, and one or two detail brushes. (a few large brushes are a must) Bring lots of paint!

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Chairs, tables, standing and table easels are provided. However, drawing boards are not.

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.


Cancellation Policy: Students must cancel within a week in advance to receive a full refund. Cancellations that are any later than a week in advance will only receive a 50% refund. Those who do not give at least a 24 hour notice will not receive a refund.