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Creating Compositions for Multiple Figure Paintings

Discover the art of creating captivating multiple-figure paintings in this immersive virtual course. Dive into the world of art history, explore narrative storytelling, and learn how to use formal elements of design to convey content and context. Under the guidance of an experienced instructor, unleash your creative potential and bring your own self-authored paintings to life.

  • Level All levels
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $430
  • Location Online Classroom
Creating Compositions for Multiple Figure Paintings

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  • $430
  • Online Classroom
  • Price includes $50 Registration Fee.
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  • Tue, Apr 02 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
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  • Tue, Apr 16 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tue, Apr 23 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tue, Apr 30 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tue, May 07 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tue, May 14 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tue, May 21 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Tue, May 28 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this figure painting class:

In this virtual, eight-session painting course, we will begin by exploring multiple figure compositions in paintings from art history and making smaller master copies in our sketchbooks. We’ll discuss the narrative behind historical paintings, using the story as an introduction to understanding how the painting was constructed. Each class will include a slide presentation that discusses the formal elements of design within a given composition, including value, shape, space, and color, and how they may be used to convey content and context within the work.

Over the semester, the course will transition from exploring historical painting to looking at contemporary multiple-figure compositions, and together we will work through the process of creating our own multiple-figure compositions. Beginning in our sketchbooks, we’ll start by building out our ideas with compositional sketches and color and value studies. By the end of the course, we will have done all the preparatory work to start working on our own self-authored paintings at home.I will be developing a composition and painting along with the class.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

School Notes:

Please note, New York School of the Arts charges a $50 one-time registration fee for students who are new to their school. This is automatically added to the cost of your enrollment (and already included in the price listed on this course). If you are a returning student to NYSA, please let us know and we will refund you $50.

Refund Policy

Class Cancellation:

Classes and workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students required for a session is not met. Notification will be sent to registered students five days before the class is scheduled to begin.


To receive a refund, you must notify us in writing at [email protected]. There is a $20 administrative fee for each refund.

  • In order to receive a full refund, students must withdraw from a class or workshop fourteen (14) business days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students withdrawing from a class and workshop during the week before the beginning of the quarter will receive a 70% refund as school credit if within fourteen (14) business days of the start of the class.
  • No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation and no refunds will be made after a workshop begins.
  • Ceasing to attend class without notifying the school does not constitute withdrawal from class.
  • Refunds are issued in the same form as payment. Refunds are issued within thirty days from request in the form of the same payment. Registration and service fees are non-refundable.


All transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transferring from one workshop to another is not permitted. There is a $20 administrative fee for each transfer.

Holidays & Canceled Lessons:

We are closed for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring break. If we must close due to the weather, we will send out an email. If classes are canceled, the instructor will work with the school office to schedule a make-up date. We do not refund/prorate for weather closure, and our make-up policy still applies.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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