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  • Self-study Course
  • 10 Projects/14+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Instagram – #FluidFigures
  • Course Price – $99
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I truly love painting faces and figures and believe that they are the most wonderful way to express so much emotion. I also believe anyone can paint expressive figures.  However, many people are afraid to attempt the figure because of preconceived fears of the need for structure, measuring, anatomy, proportion, accuracy and realism.  In this class, I will show you a more freeing, loose approach to figure painting. This course is not about Photorealism or academic studies, rather an expressive, engaging, emotional and dare I say it..a FUN approach!



By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Use gestural mark making and continuous line
  • Paint with unconventional skin tones and bold colour combinations
  • Discover how to find the shapes, planes and angles of the figure
  • Combine painting and the drawn line, and not relying on outlines
  • Explore hand studies, abstraction and distortion
  • Learn the importance of negative space
  • Understand lights and darks
  • Build layers of colour, and create strong and unusual underpainting
  • Create an emotional narrative
  • Learn how figures interact
  • Create a strong scale
  • Work with texture


FLUID FIGURES is not a traditional or conventional approach to painting the body.  In this class, we learn to break free from that need for realism. We will embrace the imperfections and find our own interpretation of the figure. We will not spend hours studying anatomical references, measuring, studying foreshortening or perspective.  We will feel our way, use our senses, work intuitively and often very loosely to see where the paint wants to take us.


I work Big, Brushy, Loose and Painterly and I encourage all of these things.  Fill the paper, fill the canvas, fill the page! Find your confidence to express yourself fully.  Break the need for preciousness, it is not always about the finished piece. I encourage you to paint over old work, paint over previous exercises, just try again, and again, and again.



Our first lesson will be a short lesson that focuses on gestural painting, continuous line and mark making. We will use timed exercises to prove that a lot can be achieved in a very short time.  Lesson two will focus on refinement of gestural lines.  We will also practice finding the fluidity and grace of the figure.

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In lesson three we will learn to see lights and darks, and learn the importance of tonal values and negative space (and a lesson on just let what happens, happen!)  This is a short study.  In lesson 4 we will have another quick study on abstraction and distortion.  We will learn to lose the lines, and not to worry about relying on outlines!  Lesson 5 we will study unconventional skin tones, proving it doesn’t all need to be flesh coloured.


The main focus of both lessons 6 and 7 will be hands!  Yes, hands!  I know that drawing and painting hands can be daunting for so many.  In lesson 6, I will share with you some simple steps to creating expressive hands.  These steps will give you some confidence.  Then in lesson 7, we will paint several expressive hands!  We will use what we have learnt about hands and take it to the next level.


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Lessons 8 and 9 will have us moving in to new concepts!  We will now explore the idea of including more than one figure in our work, and how the figures interact with one another in a painting.  Lesson 9 will have us experimenting with bold colors!  A striking pose with a striking palette!


In our final lesson, we will be studying how to create an emotional message through texture, colour, and scale.  We will create a piece with more than one figure, and several hands.  All of the lessons up to this point will come together as we create this final, emotional, figurative piece!




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“Creative Fluidity means to constantly change.
Forge your own way forward. Find your own flow”

-Emma Petitt

My name is Emma Petitt, and I am a Brit living in Southern Spain.  My partner Paul, our 2 rescue dogs and numerous chickens, ducks and I live in the mountains surrounded by nature.

I took up painting 3 years ago after our move to Spain.  I certainly had an epiphany moment, having not picked up a paintbrush in over 25 years.  Even though I went to art school in the 80’s and early 90’s, I never studied painting.  It did not take me long to realize my creative passion laid with faces, figures and people. I love to
portray emotion, hidden memories, stories and lives. I will never grow tired of painting people, they
have so much to tell.

I took the plunge, gave up my job and became a full time artist in 2017…and here I am now.  I have now been involved in numerous exhibitions in Spain and Online. My work has found new homes in- The USA, Canada, Britain, Germany, Holland, Australia and Spain.

I am finding my own way artistically, every day, I may not always know the correct terminology, I may not always use the correct tool for the job, but I am finding my own techniques, my own style and my own identity.  And it is never too late to start!  I work in Acrylic Paint, in an expressive, painterly manner, I love colour, texture and working BIG!



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  I will be actively involved with the class via Facebook during the four weeks that the course is open!  I am really excited about working through these exercises with each of you!


Most lessons start with a warm up gestural painting exercise to loosen us up, get the paint moving
and find our mojo.  All of the lessons are done BIG on paper on a drawing board, however some of the exercises you may prefer to do in a sketch book etc.  The materials needed are simple if not always conventional (a trip to the DIY store may be in order).

  • Large sheets of mixed media paper. The bigger the better.
  • ‘chuck away’ paper for exercises wallpaper, brown paper, old work etc
  • Black soft charcoal pencils
  • Black Stabilo ‘marks all’ pencil
  • White gesso
  • Selection of flat edge brushes 1 ½inch, 1inch, ½ inch etc
  • Acrylic paint- please use what you have, these are purely a suggestion.
    • White
    • Titanium buff
    • Naples yellow
    • Yellow oche
    • Burnt sienna
    • Red oxide
    • Pale olive green
    • Turquoise
    • Prussian blue
    • Sage green
    • Sky blue
  • Black ink or acrylic
  • Oil sticks, pigment sticks or oil pastels
  • Variety of vibrant colours
  • Water spray
  • Kitchen roll
  • Wet wipes
  • Spatula/ credit card
  • Large household brushes (the scruffier the better)
  • Plasterer’s scraper
  • Sponge
  • Tissue paper
  • Collage paper- I use old maps
  • stencils
  • White household paint
  • White craft glue
  • Plaster of Paris or talc



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**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.

9 reviews for FLUID FIGURES

  1. Joan (verified owner)

    Wonderful class. Emma is very clear and down to earth. I love this class. Great value for the amount of teaching and materials

  2. Shirley Gordon (verified owner)

    Do yourself a favor and take this course if you have been balanced on the edge of leaping into figurative painting but hesitant to try. Emma’s energetic, fun filled approach to teaching will encourage you to sling paint joyfully onto large paper with big brushes. Her style captures the grace and beauty of female form, and includes a variety of mediums and mark making. Emma’s lessons are non traditional in anatomy and proportion, but produce strong women with character and confidence. Her ongoing monologue with herself as she leads us through the challenges of body form, gestures, poses, unconventional palettes and composition is delightful! And, Emma does not give us a pass on painting hands. She refuses to let us hide them behind backs or “off canvas”. Instead she provides an outstanding tutorial that shows a simplified method and then proceeds to include multiple hands prominently in paintings. Emma is such an inspiration, and Fluid Figures is fabulous! Be forewarned…after watching Emma enthusiastically cheer you toward big and loose, you may never again paint with a small brush! Thank you, Emma, for an amazing adventure, and, Kara, for bringing her course to us. An all time favorite!

  3. Pamela Vosseller (verified owner)

    This is a must course if you are trying to loosen up, trying to create freely and fearlessly. No prior experience needed. If you are an established artist, this is a course that will push you to a new level in your art journey. Emma’s teaching style is contagious and inspiring. Excellent, fun, and addictive class.

  4. Ileana Prosper Holman (verified owner)

    Emma’s style is relaxed, forgiving and intuitive. She’s a wonderful artist and teacher and this is more than a class on how to paint the female figure. It not at all technical but more expressive and fun. She takes you step by step through her process with lots of tips and techniques, which works for the very beginner to the more experienced artist. I’m loving where my art is going and part of it has to do with the experiments I tried in this class. Highly recommended for more abstract and emotional artwork.

  5. Jen Hughes (verified owner)

    I’m not even finished with the course and I’ve learned more in three lessons than I did in a whole semester of college figure drawing!! Emma’s approach to teaching is to make the process fun, unassuming, easy-to-follow and meaningful…and you get great results in the end! All of my lessons are going in frames! I’m so excited to use these new techniques going forward! Thank you, Emma!

  6. mermaidgenie (verified owner)

    Absolutely LOVED this course!!! Emma is such a fun and inspiring teacher! For me, painting the figure and being bold were SCARY, but she made it so much fun! I learned a lot and enjoyed this sooooo much! HIGHLY recommend!!!! You won’t be sorry if you dive in and go for it!!!

  7. aino.shperber (verified owner)

    Emma is fun and adorable and she is a fantastic teacher!! You will learn to capture the figure in an expressive way, loosen up and have a laugh! Highly recommended!!

  8. wendy cornah (verified owner)

    I am having an absolute blast, just love Emma and her teaching style. Its very painterly and artistic. I HIGHLY recommend this course

  9. ulricarauhala (verified owner)

    I return to this course again and again and am just as happy every time and that I always learn something new! Wonderful course! I am happy that I took this course, you are a great teacher Emma and you make me feel so happy every time I return to your class!

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