Painting & Drawing The Human Figure – Online – Ken Goldman


Mondays, 1–4 PM

April 12-May 17 (6 Weeks, 18 Total Hours of Instruction)



    Painting & Drawing The Human Figure – Online

    Course Overview:

    This class will offer a time-tested, basic approach to painting and drawing the human figure using carefully selected, high-resolution videos and photographs of clothed or nude models. In addition, masterful works by other artists (past and present) will be used for further instruction and inspiration.

    During Class 1, we will go over the many varied ways to approach gesture drawing. In the following classes, we will go over blocking-in, simplification, and seeing the figure as cylinders and cubes (which helps to clarify the rationale behind directional strokes in light and dark shading). At the beginning of each class, we will do 20 minutes of warm-up gesture poses.

    In addition to figure and portraiture, attention will be given to the basics of hands and feet. Deeper study of anatomy can be provided as needed. Each week, one of the five main features—eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and neck—will be discussed; videos and notes of each will be sent to your email.


    MATERIALS: Since this is an online class, just use the materials you are already comfortable with. You do not need to buy anything on this list. It is just a suggestion: the simpler the better. For gestures, you need only newsprint; a drawing board (a piece of 3/16” thick foam-core drawing support cut to 19” x 25”, with four bulldog clips); very soft vine charcoal; a kneaded eraser; one color pastel for accents.

     Course Materials by Chosen Medium:

     Pencil: Two mechanical pencils, a 2 mm mechanical holder with 4B leads and a 0.5 mechanical pencil with 2B leads; kneaded eraser; blending stump; small sanding block; rags; drawing pad, 18” x 24”, Strathmore 300 Series (or any brand you have); drawing support mentioned above.

    Charcoal: 4B charcoal pencil; softest vine charcoal; rags or Viva paper towels; kneaded eraser.

    Pastel: soft vine charcoal; NuPastel, box of 96 pieces; Canson pastel paper, #429, 426, or 431; foam-core drawing board cut one inch larger than your paper, with four bulldog clips.

    Beginning Watercolor: one tube each Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna for first session; more colors if you have them (additional colors will be discussed at first meeting); large covered Woods or Pike palette or your favorite travelling palette; a #12 pointed and 1” flat brush; facial tissues; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student-grade watercolor paper).

    Oil: up to 18” x 24” canvas board (prime with single light wash of Golden Acrylic Gray Value #6); Robert Simmons filbert brushes #2, 4, 8, 12; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits with container; Liquin; Viva paper towels; disposable paper, wood or glass palette (plastic palette saver to store them); Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Permalba White paint for first session; if experienced, also bring a warm and cool of each primary color or whatever colors you normally use.

    Acrylic: same as oils, except no mineral spirits, just a container for water.

    Register For Class Through the Athenaeum

    Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM

    April 12 – May 17 (6 Weeks, 18 Total Hours of Instruction)



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