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Renaissance Style Figure Drawing & Painting

at Kline Academy of Fine Art - Palms

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Palms, Westside
3264 Motor Avenue
Btwn Irene St & National Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90034
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 14 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Thomas Garner

What you'll learn in this figure painting class:

Master the classical art of the Figure in this in depth course! Sign up today.

What you will learn
A step by step approach to indirect painting through the three tiers: drawing, value, and color.

The order of painting from glazing dark over light to scumbling light over dark.

Explore Classical closed form and Baroque chiaroscuro effect.
Create a drawing from a live model to discover the form and develop it into a finished painting.

Bring Your Own Materials Please! 

Drawing material
- 1 sheet 22” x 30” cotton rag paper, vellum finish, cream or fawn color
- Drawing board that fits the 22” x 30” paper
- Cretacolor Sanguine Dry artist lead
- Lead holder
- Prismacolor color pencil, terra cotta, tuscan red
- Derwent white pencil, Chinese white
- Pencil sharpener and sandpaper card for sharpening
- Kneaded eraser and regular eraser
- Narrow knitting needle or wooden dowel for measuring
- Yardstick for measuring and grinding
- Artist tape

Oil Color list (Required)
- Ivory Black
- Lead white (alternatively Titanium white)
- Burnt umber (choose a brand that tends toward reddish, the low-end Blick’s is fine. The expensive Old Holland, for example, is too brown.)
- Burnt Sienna (or better Transparent Oxide Red)
- Yellow Ochre
- Alizarin Crimson
- Vermillion (or Cadmium Red Light)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cerulean Blue

Optional (colors for a more complete palette but not essential for this course)
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Raw umber
- Bitumen (asphaltum) (Rembrandt brand)
- Naples Yellow
- Terre Verde (green earth)
- Permanent Green (Phthalo Green Blue)

Most common brands found at local art retailers are of good quality, however I always recommend buying the best you can afford. Here are some brands I highly recommend: Michael Harding, Old Holland, Williamsburg, Rublev (Natural Pigments) and Maimeri.

- Gamsol odorless mineral spirits
- Cold-pressed Linseed oil or walnut oil
- ONE of the following Gel mediums

a) Oleogel from Natural Pigments ( Preferred brand, but available only online or at the Blue Rooster in Los Feliz

b) Gamblin Neo Megilp (this is an imitation of Maroger medium)

c) Marojer Medium (Available only online at

Varnish (you can buy this later when project is completely dry)
- Dammar varnish
- 1” short handled bristle brush for varnishing

Brushes etc
- Langnickel Royal SableTek Brushes: Available at
- Long Filberts, #1, 2,12, 16, 18
- Bright #18
- Round #6

These are about the best brushes I have ever used. They combine the stiffness of bristle and the softness of sable, clean easily, long lasting, keep their form and are reasonably priced. Synthetic brushes have come a long way in recent times and the good ones out-strip the natural fibers. Other recommended brands include: Rosemary, Da Vinci, and Escoda, Princeton, Signet, Winsor Newton. You can’t make good paintings with bad brushes, period! Don’t skimp on brushes, it’s worth extra expense. Come to class with NEW brushes!

Other Supplies 
- Medium size Palette
- Small palette knife
- Palette cup for Gambol
- A roll of paper towel (you MUST bring one. You’re not allowed to use the one in the bathroom)

Any size bigger than 16x20". Linen is best, but cotton is okay too. Most store-bought canvases require two or three extra coats of gesso to make them smoother.

- 1- pint of acrylic gesso
- 2” brush for applying gesso

For this class I used a regular store-bought 20 x 30 cotton canvas. I then stretched medium weave unprimed Belgian linen over it (the canvas below give extra support.) Then I primed it with 3 coats of white gesso. This is a lot of extra work, but gives you a beautiful surface texture you can control. This is not required in this course but it is worth going the extra mile. For this you will need to buy the linen, stretcher pliers, and staple gun.

Clean up (recommended)
- Silicoil brush cleaning tank and fluid
- Artist’s soap (Optional -we have soap in the studio)
- Lint-free rags or paper towels 

What you'll cover in the free info session:

Course Schedule (One single pose will continue throughout the 8 weeks!)

Week 1 - working with a live nude model, students will work in a Venetian style sketching and drawing the figure in sanguine and chalk on toned rag paper.

Week 2 - working from a photo of the model. Refine the drawing and proportions; define tonal areas and add high lights. Learn to stretch their linen canvas and how to gesso the surface.
- The instructor will discuss oil paint material list and palette.
- Homework before week Three (Optional): 1) Grid your drawing 2) stretch canvas 3) Gesso Canvas 4) Tone Canvas. Be sure canvas is dry before coming to class! 5) grid your canvas.

Week 3 - working from photo. Transfer drawing to the canvas and start the underpainting.
- Painting with only burnt umber and white.

Week 4 - the model returns. Reinforce darks and then start scumbling white to create a grisaille under painting.
- Painting with only burnt umber, black and white.

Week 5 - continue with model. Start applying color according to the Venetian system: glazing dark over light to create warm tones and then scumbling light over dark create cool tints.
- Painting full palette.

Week 6-8 - Do final atmospheric glazes and scumbles and some alla prima touches to give a sense of brio and liveliness. Finally a demo on how to apply bitumen at a later date when it is completely dry to give the painting a warm glow.
- Painting full palette.

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Make-Up Policy: Students pre-pay all classes by the month or the quarter - it is a commitment that is made by the student and Kline Academy that insures your easel space will be held for you. If a student misses a class for whatever reason, and if a 24-hour notice was given to our office, as a courtesy, Kline Academy welcomes students to come to any other class while enrolled and if space is available, to do a "make- up." Make-ups are not owed to a student and have no monetary value, they are simply a courtesy extended by Kline Academy.

Please note you may only take a make-up class when you are enrolled for a least a month and may only be used within the dates you are enrolled. A make-up class may not be used in the class you are in or added on at the end of the session. Make-ups expire at the end of the year they were acquired in.

Refund Policy: We are not able to offer refunds for any class or workshop for any reason once they have been purchased. If you sign up for a class and need to miss some of the dates within the month you may be able to take advantage of our makeup policy (see above). Please note any changes made to enrollment may incur a $75 administrative fee.


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