Painting the Figure with Imaginary Backgrounds

Painting the Figure with Imaginary Backgrounds

Instructor | Aixa Oliveras
November 24, Dec 1, and Dec 8, 2019
Three Sundays | 1:00 -5:00 pm
Tuition | $195, supply list below
Level | Intermediate

A three-week workshop for the artist who wants to explore the terrain between classical realism and illustration! In three days, Aixa will teach us how to integrate painting the model from life with illustration-based design. Students will learn how to design their own imaginary backgrounds, drawing from their own artistic influences. By the end of the workshop, students will have a fully developed study that they can use to develop a finished painting. Students will work with a limited color palette first, and progress to a fuller-range palette on the third day of the workshop.

  • Week 1 | After a presentation by the instructor, we will discuss each students’ artistic influences and how they would like to represent them in their work. Students will then work on an underpainting with the model from life, focusing on value structure.
  • Week 2 | Students will begin blocking in their painting with color with the model from life.
  • Week 3 | Students will learn how to include the illustrative elements of their choosing into their painting. By the end of the session, students will have a completed color study that can be used to complete a larger painting, as well as the knowledge to apply what they have learned to their own personal work.

Supply List
Artificial mongoose filbert brushes 3,5,7,8,10
Round brushes 0, 3, 5, 7
Professional grade paint recommended. We encourage you to use these paint colors (colors in bold are part of the extended palette for intermediate painters):

Ivory black
Burnt sienna
Red ochre
Titanium white
Cadmium red
Transparent red iron oxide
Yellow ochre
Hansa yellow
Alizarin crimson
Rose madder lake
Viridian green
Manganese blue hue
Cobalt blue
Burnt umber
Ultramarine blue