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figure painting
WEDNESDAYS 6:30-9:30PM / saturdays 2:30-5:30pm
INSTRUCTOR: Justin Ogilvie
In this class, you will learn how to create powerful, dynamic and life-like figure paintings by studying the traditional techniques of the Old Masters, as well as exploring contemporary approaches in paint application.
Whether working in full-figure or focusing on the portrait, you will create fast, gestural paintings in alla prima, as well as develop detailed long paintings using grisaille and glazing techniques.

The instructor works with you at your own pace, offering technical and creative guidance, as you work from the live model, well-lit photographs, master copies, and plaster casts, using your choice of oils or acrylics.

Each class is supplemented with brief demonstrations, individual and group feedback, and suggested homework exercises.

Also included is a 3-hour demonstration once per month, in which a figure painting is created from start to finish, with the instructor explaining the process step-by-step.
learning outcomes
In this class, you will learn a wide range of topics, including:
  • Creating realistic skin tones
  • Alla prima (wet-into-wet) & indirect painting (wet-over-dry)
  • Underpainting in grisaille, glazing & imprimatura
  • Limited & full colour palette
  • Warm & cool temperature shifts
  • Soft, hard & lost edges
  • Blending & broken brushwork
  • Paint application: thin-to-thick, dark-to-light, dull-to-bright
  • Contemporary techniques: palette knife, scraping, sanding, mixed media, etc.
  • Composition
  • Colour theory
  • Poster studies
class format
  • Live Model Sessions:
    July 24 + 31 // August 7
  • Master Copy + Photo Sessions:
    July 10 + 17 // August 13 + 20
saturDAYS 2:30-5:30PM
  • Live Model Sessions:
    July 13 + 20 + 27
  • Master Copy + Photo Sessions:
    June 22 + 29 // August 10 + 17
Register here today to ensure your spot, as seats are limited and fill up quickly.
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