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Painting the Figure Outdoors

Outdoor figure painting
Painting by Bridget Ertelt

With Bridget Ertelt

There's not much better than the combination of figure painting and the great outdoors! Students will spend the weekend painting the figure outdoors in natural light. The goal will be to learn how to achieve a believable light effect (sunny day vs. overcast light) using the figure as our subject. We will be doing exercises to capture gesture and large value/color proportions. The class will start with short poses and progressively lengthen the poses throughout the weekend. We will study how the color we see in a person's skin tone is directly related to the surrounding environment and type of light. We will talk about considering the perspective you are viewing the figure from, and why this is important when creating a scene. Studying the figure outside is a great way to increase your understanding of how light falls on all forms outdoors. This class will be taught in oils. Students of all skill levels are welcome! Some previous drawing experience may be helpful as drawing will be discussed but will not be the focus of this workshop. Limit 12 students.

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Length: 3 days
Tuition: $350 (includes model fees)

Workshop Dates

Summer 2022

Dates Time Instructor
Fri. 11:00am–5:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 10:00am–5:00pm Bridget Ertelt