• Introduction-Intermediate
  • Painting

Students will explore observational Figure and Portrait Painting in poses that last one to two weeks. The focus is on alla prima gestural painting that captures character after preparing a solid foundation of good proportion and body structure. Using oil or acrylic, this painting course promotes the ability to capture drama wherever it is expressed in the body. This is a no-solvents class and assistance will be provided for oil painters needing to adapt to a toxin free technique. The instructor offers a clearly structured technique broken down into stages that are learned at your pace and in your style.

Tuition $475 | Model fee $95 | Total $570

Notes: Students should have had recent instruction in introductory painting as well as a recent figure drawing course. This course puts the two together in a dynamic atmosphere. No class held Monday, February 19, 2018 for Family Day.

Upcoming Sections

CodeInstructorDates & TimeDaysLengthRegister
890Megan WilliamsJan. 14, 2019 to April 8, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
12-week courses

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What you will learn

  • Paint mixing, palette layout, brush handling for oil and acrylic .
  • Tone and colour mixing with charts & scales.
  • Alla prima or direct Paintings w 3 hour poses (no glazing).
  • Solvent free painting class.
  • Anatomy and composition strategies.
  • Goal is control of values and colours to create the 3D illusion of a figure in space.
  • Mixed media painters welcome ( ink, watercolour, drawing media, Mylar... ).

Materials to Bring



Materials for Quick Studies

(bring these to the first few classes)

  • paints – white (large), black, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue
  • painting surfaces (2 per class- 12” x 14” or bigger) – home-gessoed heavy paper or home-gessoed canvas stapled to board or stretched canvas or gessoed masonite.
  • your personal brush collection, palette and other painting supplies you usually use.
  • For acrylic painters: Golden acrylic glazing liquid and a Masterson palette. Please stick to these brand names
  • For oil painters: linseed oil. For water-based oils, a water-based painting medium. Please no turpentine, odorless turps, mineral spirits or petroleum distillates of any kind.


Materials for sustained painting

(for later in the term)

  • Paints: your list in total should include: white, black, burnt sienna, raw sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, alizarin crimson or other cool red (Napthol or Quinocridone)