Painting the Costumed Figure

Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30 pm

8 classes: $595

Starts May 14th, 2019


Karen Maness



Class Description:

The objective of this course is to examine the drape and fall of fabric hanging from the human form. We will study fabric painting from both the live models and from costume still life. The class is designed to develop manual skills in drawing and painting and increase one’s understanding of quickly rendering an image. We will focus on defining line, form, weight, value, structure, color mixing and composition. We will discuss aesthetic sensibilities and move towards setting a tone or mood within a painting. The course will familiarize students with various painting tools and methods to create depth, light, and balance within the painted form. Students are welcome to work in either oil or acrylic paints. Not both.

Supply List:

  •  Palette for paint mixing, or disposable grey pallet paper (ideal). I use a glass palette and keep it in my easel box.

  • Palette Knife-(I prefer the longer springy metal knives around 3” long, a wide variety exists)

  • Paper Towels

  • Plastic Wrap-(for saving mixed paint)

  • Trash bag for collecting used paper towels.

  • Painting Surface-Any kind of canvas or board that has been coated with gesso and toned some neutral color like grey. You can use hardboard (masonite) from Home Depot and coat with 3 coats of gesso front and back. Home Depot will cut it down for you. Or you may purchase pre-gessoed panels or canvases. Variety of sizes welcome, I will work between 8”x10” to 12”x16”. Please bring at least one prepared surface per class.

  • Brushes-A variety of sizes.  I prefer Flats, Filberts and Brights.  Grey Matter series of flat synthetic bristle brushes by Jack Richeson, and Richeson Signature Series filbert and flat brushes, series 9822, 9628 and 9626 are some good options.

  • Paints-There are two types of paint - Artist Grade and Student Grade. The Artist Grade is MUCH easier to control. If you’re a beginner and money is an issue, just buy a few colors - Cad Red Medium, Cad Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Titanium White. Then, as you continue along you can work your way up to expensive paint.  You are free to work in either Oil or Acrylic, but not both.  They will not intermix.  

    • Burnt Umber

    • Alizarin Crimson

    • Cadmium Red Light

    • Cadmium Yellow Light

    • Veridian

    • Sap Green

    • Cerulean Blue

    • Cobalt Blue

    • Ultramarine Blue

    • Dioxazine Purple

    • Permalba Black

    • Titanium White

  • Spray bottle(for Acrylics) (not required, but nice to keep your paints wet in your pallet)

  • Water Container (for Acrylics)

  • Solvent (Gamsol) container (for Oils) If you’re going to bring solvent, I recommend Gamsol - a lot of artists don’t use thinners while painting - please bring it in a small container with a lid like an old jam jar if you’re just starting.

  • Linseed oil- small containerfor thinning oil paint