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Painting the Costumed Figure

Master the art of painting the costumed figure in this comprehensive course suitable for students with basic drawing skills. Explore the intricate details of fabrics, folds, and accessories while honing your understanding of proportions and anatomy.

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  • 13 and older
  • $400
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  • 6 hours over 4 sessions

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  • Sat, Jun 08 at 10:00am - 11:30am
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  • Sat, Jun 22 at 10:00am - 11:30am
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What you'll learn in this painting class:

Learning how to paint a costumed model is an exciting and challenging process. Clothes add color, character, texture, pattern, and rhythm to the subject. The costumed figure does not eliminate the need to study proportions and anatomy of the body. Understanding the structure gives your the ability to visualize the form under the clothing. Fabrics can obscure the form, and at the same time, contribute additional context to the model. Clothing styles reference the time period, culture, season, and indicate if the setting is formal or informal. Learn how to depict fabrics, folds that hug the body, patterns, as well as gloves, hats, and shoes. 

Who is it for

This course is suitable for the students who have already acquired basic drawing skills. Please note: no prior experience with the human body or color-mixing is necessary. Graduates of the Essential Drawing Course are welcome. To qualify for this course, if you are an absolute beginner, you need to complete 12 weeks of the Essential Drawing Course, which you can join right now or at any time.

A costumed model will maintain the same pose for 4 weeks. We encourage a large canvas (stretched or unstretched) which will require an easel, a support board, or a wall to pin canvas to. If you’ve never painted in oversized format, you will be shown how to start a large painting in a beginner-friendly approach. For those who are interested in getting portrait commissions, this is the opportunity to learn how to do it with this step-by-step guidance. 

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.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 2 business days in advance of the class will be honored with a refund less 5% cancellation fee.
  • Students who cancel less than 2 business days prior to the start time of the class will receive a credit towards a future class.
In the event that an instructor or the school needs to cancel at the last minute, students will receive a refund less a 5% non-refundable registration fee.

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