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  • Artist – Emma Petitt
  • 7+ Hours of content
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private FB Community
  • Artist available 10/12/22 – 11/12/22
  • Course Price – $99
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Would You Like to Create a Series of Paintings that Can Hang on the Wall as One Giant Painting?


Join Emma Petitt in her course IN THE SHALLOW END.  In this course you will learn to create layers of interest, color, texture, and pattern, instead of learning anatomy rules.  We are going to learn about observation!  Figure drawing like mine is all about observation.  In this course you will be encouraged to step away from reference images, and move more into using reference as inspiration!  We will learn to move away from the reference image, change everything, to allow you the freedom to think for yourself!  Stop feeling frustrated that your painting doesn't look like the reference, and feel excited and liberated to know that you can go your own way!



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

  • Create a series of paintings that create one giant artwork
  • 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
  • Build layers of colour, and create strong and unusual underpainting
  • Learn how figures interact
  • Play with distortion, large hands, small head, etc.


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This course is not only about creating four large paintings, but we will be creating four paintings that can stand alone, or as one giant piece of artwork.  We will being this class by creating layered underpaintings on our four canvases.  We will do this all at once so that we learn how to get similarity in colour and pattern.  We will use a variety of paint colors and tools, including brushes, brayers, stencils, and more!

Next we will move on to the drawings.  You will learn ideas to give the four separate canvases a cohesion to work as one image.  This is how they are able to stand alone or as one giant piece.  Next we will move into looking at different poses, using reference images as a guide, and then create our own figures inspired by those images.


Finally, we will move into the painting part.  Follow along as I show you from start to finish, how I paint each one of these figures.  We will start by blocking on the figure, working loosely, but keeping some of the line work.  This creates interest!  You will also learn about the paint colors that I use along with how I mix them.  I will share with you when to use larger brushes, and when to use smaller.  You will also learn how to come back in after we are done painting to add some interesting marks.  There are so many ways to create and make this your own.


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I paint curvy, fun and larger than life women. I love to distort and exaggerate the figure, especially the hands and feet. I use layers of colour and texture to build up interest and depth within the underpainting. I abstract the figure but still retaining an element of realism. And I paint large! i fill the substrate right up to the edges, often having the figure actually interact with the edges.


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 


  • 4 matching shop bought canvases


Acrylic paint


  • 1 in flat edge brush



**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of

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**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.

2 reviews for IN THE SHALLOW END

  1. Gabrielle Cormier (verified owner)

    Emma’s classes are among my very favorite! She breaks down the process in such an easy to connect with way and she makes learning fun and relaxed. Whenever I taken one of her classes, I feel as though I’m right there with her as I’m painting. I giggle and always have a grand time while learning to create art I really love. I just can’t recommend her classes enough! Thank you Emma! 🙂

  2. Cindy Broadhesd (verified owner)

    Love your artwork and classes. In The Shallow End was a challenge but thankfully Emma explains everything so well, especially the water streaking.
    I hope she sells some of her artwork. Thank you, Emma, for not letting me give up and your continued words of encouragement.

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