Date: Thursdays, January 12-February 2, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00PM Pacific Time/1:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time/6:00-9:00 PM London Time
Medium: any opaque medium (instructor will demo in oil)
Lost when it comes to portrait or figure painting? Creating lifelike flesh tones is all about a strong understanding of light, color, and form. Whether painting a person indoors or outdoors, in golden hour or early morning, this class is designed to develop your ability to quickly analyze a variety of skin tones under a variety of light sources for painting results that are vibrant and believable. Learn to organize your approach around the fundamentals: color relationships between warm and cool temperatures, local skin tone hues, and light intensity. Working with a limited palette and photo references, we will practice with simple exercises that allow us to isolate and focus on color mixing including: small studies of the portrait and basic forms (sphere, cube, cylinder, etc.) that give structure to the body. Demonstrations will cover oil painting materials, organization and benefits of a limited palette, and color theory fundamentals. Together, we troubleshoot common issues in flesh painting like over-saturation, hue fragmentation, and muddy colors all while building confidence in a systematic method. Demonstrations are in oil but students are invited to practice in any opaque medium. Beginners and advanced welcome.
Grace Athena Flott (b. 1990) is a figurative realist painter from Spokane, Washington. Southwest Arts Magazine awarded her First Place in Artistic Excellence in January 2022. Major exhibitions include Figurativas 2021at the Museum of Modern European Art (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain; Shades of Blue at Equity Gallery, NYC, NY, 2021; and recurring exhibitions at Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA, 2019, 2020, 2021. A finalist in the 2020 BP Portrait Award and Art Renewal Center competitions, her work has appeared in Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Realism Today, Seattle Refinedand numerous print and online journals. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Juliette Aristides Atelier. Her first solo show Exposure Therapy exhibited in May 2022 at Figure|Ground Gallery in Seattle, WA. Grace has been an artist-in-residence at The Hive (Spokane, WA).
Grace is currently a teaching artist with Terracotta, Gage Academy adult and youth programs (since 2016), AIGA (since 2018), and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (since 2019), in addition to teaching privately online.
Her work is held in public and private collections internationally.
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