23SPR Advanced Figure Painting THR 1:00PM (01/12-05/04)

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Instructor: Jonathon Hodge / Jan 12 - May 04 (No class Feb 16, 23 and Apr 06, 13) / Thursday / 1:00PM-4:00PM
Class Size: 5-8

In this course, we will paint the live model, using indirect painting techniques. We will start out with short gestures and work up to a multi-session long pose. For the final painting, we will start with a detailed block-in drawing transferred to the ground, creating an underpainting and build several “passes,” or paint layers, on top of that. We’ll also learn how to observe color, capture the fall of light, mix flesh tones and construct a figure painting from start to finish in the classical tradition. There will be individualized critiques, Q&A sessions and demos.

Prerequisites: Figure Drawing from life, understanding of how to measure, basic knowledge of oil painting

You can bring whatever oil paint colors you’re most comfortable using. My recommendations are below. All paints should be professional quality and not student grade. Paint brands to consider are Gamblin, Michael Harding, Old Holland, Windsor & Newton, Williamsburg, Rublev or Holbien.

  • Titanium White
  • Flake White
  • Naples Yellow Italian (Williamsburg)
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Transparent Earth Yellow (Gamblin)
  • Raw Sienna
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Ivory Black
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Olive Green (Holbien)
  • Viridian
  • Sable or Synthetic Filbert Brushes in an assortment of Sizes, such as 0, 2, 4 & 6
    (The Rosemary brand of brushes are ideal. Da Vinci or Windsor & Newton are good too. Just make sure they're professional grade.)
  • Palette Knife
  • Bar of unscented Ivory soap for brush cleaning
  • Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits & Air Tight Container
  • Cold Pressed Linseed Oil & Small Container
  • Blue Paper Towels or Paint Rags

**You can bring whatever supports you’re most comfortable painting on. I’d recommend having a few surfaces that measure 9” x 12” for the first few class sessions. Later on you'll need 16" x 20" or 18" x 24" for our long pose paintings. These can be panels made of wood or aluminum or stretched canvas. All surfaces should either be oil primed or sealed with 3 coats of acrylic gesso. All surfaces should be free of texture and sanded to a smooth finish.

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Hodge, Jonathan
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Registration Date:
December 12, 2022

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