Figure Painting in Oils

Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm

8 classes: $595 (includes model fees)


Karen Offutt


Students must be experienced in both drawing and painting from life. 

Class Description:

In our efforts to understand painting as a visual language it is important to see what we will paint as an abstract form.  To eliminate our preconceived assumptions of what we see and break them down into parts.  These essential elements will give us the foundation to understand what we see and allows for a more intuitive paint application.  The goal is to achieve a 3 dimensional likeness with a simple block-in of the larger shapes and then to build on that by carving out the smaller shapes.   Along the way she will discuss, in more detail, the use of value, color and temperature as well as how to adjust edges to create a sense of atmosphere within the painting.

Supply List:

  • 3-4 canvas boards or gessoed panels approximately 11"x14" to 12"x16"

  • odorless mineral spirits such as gamsol or turpenoid

  • silicoil or metal containers for the mineral spirits

  • Viva paper towels or rags

  • Some kind of palette holder or platform for palette. If you don't have one, you can use a Masterson Sta-Wet Handy Palette.

  • Pocket mirror or the MVP - (Mirror Value Planner) by Peggi Kroll Roberts. I personally LOVE this product! This can be purchased here.

  • Small container of linseed or poppy oil

  • Steel palette knife

  • Brushes - 5 - 6 filbert brushes ranging from size 0 - 8

  • Oil colors (Gamblin is an inexpensive brand with low toxic paints)

    • Titanium White

    • Cadmium Yellow

    • Yellow Ochre

    • Cadmium Red

    • Alizarin Crimson

    • Transparent Oxide Red

    • Cerulian Blue

    • Ultramarine Blue

    • Burnt Sienna

    • Burnt Umber

    • Ivory Black