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Zoey Frank (FULL)


Figure in the Environment

Class Description

This workshop will explore how the figure interacts with its environment. We will look at the big picture and at the spatial relationships that situate a figure in its context. We will discuss how the figure can either function as the focal point or be subdued to fit within an overarching motif. Working from observation in oils, we will make small painted studies to hone in on composition, and then work on one larger painting over the 3 days. Focus will be placed on finding accurate value and color relationships that build a complete image. The course will be taught through lecture, demonstration and individual critique.

Artist Biography


Zoey Frank was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1987. Her early inclination to create art was developed by a primary and secondary education in the Waldorf school system. After studying Renaissance art at the age of thirteen she knew she wanted to pursue a career as an artist, and began to daydream about being an apprentice in Raphaelʼs studio in the 1500s. Years later when she discovered Juliette Aristidesʼ Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, it resonated as the contemporary equivalent of the Old Mastersʼ studios – a place where she could learn the skills necessary to create powerful and lasting work. Zoey completed four years of training in drawing and painting within the Atelier. She works primarily from life and is captivated by both the idiosyncrasies of the individual objects and people she paints, and the larger archetypes that they can represent. Some of her influences include Rembrandt, Vermeer, Sargent, and Wyeth. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Laguna College of Art and Design.

Supply List

  • Palette—I use a hand-held wood palette, glass backed with mid-tone grey paper works well too 

  • Palette knife

  • Paper towels

  • Medium cups

  • Jar for turps (Two old condiment jars work well)

  • Gamsol or non-toxic alternative

  • Linseed oil, or medium of your choice—I’ve been liking the Winsor and Newton painting medium 

  • Artist Tape

  • Viewfinder

  • Paint box or tackle box to hold everything 

Brushes: Bring a wider variety if you have them, but I would recommend at least the following:

  • Filbert bristle (sizes approximately no. 1, 4, 6, 10)

  • Filbert or flat, Sable or Synthetic Mongoose (2, 4, 6, 8)

Painting Surfaces: One larger painting surface for the workshop, around 16” x 20” or 18” x  24.” Create a nice surface to work on—panel or a smooth canvas, prep your surface before you arrive with gesso, sanding between coats.

Also bring around 5 small surfaces for compositional studies (around 8” x10.”) These could be primed paper, small pieces of smooth un-stretched canvas or something similar, tone these a very light shade of grey.

Paint: Bring a wider variety of paints if you have them, any artist grade brand is great, I’m using a lot of Gamblin these days. Something like this:

Titanium White, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Alizarine Crimson, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo blue, Cadmium Green.


Atelier Dojo Workshop Policies

  • Upon request, a deposit of 50% can reserve your spot. Remaining balance will be due 45 days prior to event.

  • No refunds can be issued within 45 days of workshop date, unless canceled by Atelier Dojo.

Earlier Event: April 26
Felicia Forte (FULL)
Later Event: November 8
Kerry Dunn