ZOOM class: The figure in the landscape


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The American painter Childe Hassam’s work compels in part because he was unafraid to place people, carriages and horses in his landscapes. Although there are occasional vistas that should be painted in solitary grandeur, the vast majority of scenes often benefit from the addition of human figures.

In this six-week session, we’ll learn to:

  • Draw a fast and reasonable gestural sketch of a person;
  • Understand the human form, including hands and feet;
  • Integrate figures into the design of our paintings so that they’re neither vague nor excessively detailed;
  • Paint accurate skin tones.

This class is for intermediate and above alla prima painters only. To qualify, you need to have either taken a class with me and gotten my OK, or you need to submit a portfolio for review. If you have questions, contact me.

The class meets Monday evenings from 6-9 PM. Note that there are two skip-dates, for Cape Ann Plein Air and Sedona Plein Air:

  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 17
  • October 31
  • November 7
  • November 14