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Figure Painting Intensive, Oil or Acrylic


Friday - Sunday, March 24-26, 2017     Fri: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

Instructor: Daphne Cote.

If you often paint figuratively from photographs, and would like to paint from live models too, this weekend retreat will be welcome. Gain further understanding of figure painting during this rare opportunity to paint from live models. Increasing your familiarity with live figure painting will also enhances your skills when using photographic reference. We will learn how to paint the human form by starting with a limited palette, developing tone, and then building up colour to create lively paintings in either oil or acrylic. We will explore composition, skin tones/colour, painting techniques. The class will start with demos and lecture on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday will start with quick painting sketches. Bring a bagged lunch for an inspirational lunch break with Daphne. The last hours will cover long poses during which you will create finished paintings that have both freshness and accuracy. Open to persons 18yrs+.

Your fee includes the model fee.

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

Supports: 4   5x7” and 4   8x10” canvas boards or stretched canvases and 2   16x20” canvas boards or stretched canvases

Paint colours for either oil or acrylic: Titanium White   Burnt Sienna   Cadmium Red Hue   Cerulean Blue   Burnt Umber   Ultramarine Blue   Cadmium Yellow Hue (not Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue) (You may use Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow.)

Brushes: #4 Bright synthetic brush and a range of others, from small enough to sign your name to 3/4” wide (bring what you have)

Other supplies: Large white flat palette (no other style)


Sketchbook and pencil for notes, ideas, quick sketches

For oil painting:

  • Walnut oil and container
  • Gamsol and container (optional) NO OTHER SOLVENTS ALLOWED!
  • Lots of cotton rags
  • Triangular makeup sponges
  • Grease-fighting dish soap

For acrylic painting:

  • Paper towel
  • Spray bottle for misting water
  • Clean water container

Optional: Suitable art clothes (e.g., apron), notepad, snack, drink

About the Instructor: Daphne Côté is a professional artist and has been instructing art classes since 2004. She has been painting and drawn to the study of visual arts since she was a small kid. She has experience showing and selling her work for over the past 19 years. The human figure is the main subject of her work though she also dabbles in other genres to inform her figurative work.

“Light in Life, both in people and our surroundings, inspire me.” -Daphne