The form, structure, gesture and design opportunities of the clothed figure will be the primary focus of this observational course. Topics will include various types of drapery and their visual properties, the shape of clothing and how clothing affects the shape of the body, determining the sensation of clothing and pose, maintaining continuity across varied clothing and flesh surfaces, rendering convincing folds and fabric structure and the design and stylistic possibilities that clothing presents. Key observational skills will include applied colour theory specifically to rendering clothing, light and value considerations, brush handling & mark as it relates to clothing surface and structure. Pose lengths will start with shorter single objective studies and advance to a sustained 3-week and final 4-week pose.
Students are encouraged to apply the ideas and principles to their own style, process and approach. Teaching is a combination of group lesson, image discussion and one-on-one feedback. Individual student goals will be a focus.
Note: Students should have previous life drawing and painting experience. This course is considered as intermediate to advanced. Each class includes a costumed/clothed life model.
12 Weeks: Base Tuition: $495 + Model Fee: $103 = Total: $598
10 Weeks: Base Tuition: $422 + Model Fee: $78 = Total: $500
Notes: It is recommended that students have taken a course in Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Life Drawing, or have basic painting skills. In each class a life model will be present.
Materials will be discussed in the first class. Most material decisions are the student’s choice. Media is the students’ choice and can include oil, water-mixable oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, ink, pastel.
Minimum Suggested Colours (warm & cool version of each primary + white):
Brushes: Range of sizes of brushes
Support/painting surface: Student choice. Size and format will be dependent on the image concept.
Painting Medium: Optional.
Palette: Your choice – “tear-off” palette pad, wax paper, Plexiglas, wood…
Requirements for 1st class:
We will be doing shorter gesture, shape and drapery contour studies. Please bring 4 surfaces for these studies.
A limited palette can be used since more focus will be on tone and form, not as much on accurate colour.