- Course is Open
- Self-study Course
- 10 Projects/14+ Hours of Instruction
- Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
- Private Facebook Group
- Instagram – #FluidFigures
- Course Price – $99
ARE YOU TIRED OF FEELING SCARED ABOUT PAINTING THE BODY? WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN A FREE, LOOSE APPROACH, THAT WILL GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE IN PAINTING FIGURES?
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
MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
DESCRIPTION OF LESSONS
LESSONS 1 AND 2
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.
LESSONS 3, 4, AND 5
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.
LESSONS 6 AND 7
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.
LESSON 8 AND 9
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!
LIFETIME ACCESS - DOWNLOAD ALL CONTENT
Cost - $99
MEET EMMA PETITT - ARTIST/CREATIVE GUIDE
“Creative Fluidity means to constantly change.
Forge your own way forward. Find your own flow”
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!
PRIVATE GROUP JUST FOR YOU!
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.
- Titanium buff
- Naples yellow
- Yellow oche
- Burnt sienna
- Red oxide
- Pale olive green
- 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
- Tissue paper
- Collage paper- I use old maps
- White household paint
- White craft glue
- Plaster of Paris or talc
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**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.