Painting & Drawing The Human Figure – Online – Ken Goldman

Beginner – Advanced

  • Monday, September 21 –  October 26

    6 weeks, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Online Zoom

Painting & Drawing The Human Figure – Online

Course Overview:

This online class will follow a basic approach to painting and drawing the human figure from a clothed or nude life model. On day one, we will go over the many varied ways to approach gesture drawing. On weeks two, three and four, the model will hold longer poses during which time 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. During the last four weeks, students will draw or paint two 2-session sustained-poses. Before each class, we will do 20 minutes of warm-up gesture poses.

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

 We are pleased to offer this class online using Zoom video conferencing. The hope is to mimic, as closely as possible, what normally happens in our classrooms at the Athenaeum. Of course it will not be exactly the same, but in this time when many of us are experiencing anxiety and isolation, our hope is to continue to provide enriching experiences of artistic growth and community building, just in a different format.

 The technology to make this happen is actually surprisingly simple (imagine a group FaceTime or Skype meeting). You only need a computer (phone or tablet) with a camera, microphone, and internet connection and we are here to help you should you experience any technical difficulties.

 Once you register, look for an email with more information and detailed instructions in the week preceding the class start date.

 Stay safe and be well! And thank you for your continued support of our school.




$315/335 (includes model)


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 only need Newsprint paper, a drawing board (a piece of 3/16” thick foam core drawing support cut to 19” x 25” with four bulldog clips to hold everything together); very soft vine charcoal; a kneaded eraser; and one colored pastel for accents.

 You do not need to buy everything on this list. Only buy materials that relate to the medium you plan to work with or if you are more advanced, bring your own supplies. On day one you only need newsprint, drawing support (a piece of foam core 3/16″ thick drawing support cut to 19″ x 25″ with four bulldog clips to hold everything together); vine charcoal; kneaded eraser; and one colored pastel for accents.

 Pencil: Two mechanical pencils, a 2 mm mechanical holder with 4B leads and a 0.5 mechanical pencil with 2B leads; a kneaded eraser; blending stump; small sanding block; rag; drawing pad, 18″ x 24″, Strathmore 300 Series (or any brand you already have); foam core 3/16″ thick drawing support (cut to 19″ x 25”) with four bulldog clips to hold everything together.

 Attention: Artist & Craftsman Supply (Hillcrest) will have two discounted kits for students hand-selected by the instructor. Buy both, combined, or buy either one singly if you already have the materials provided in the other kit. Kit #1: drawing board, clips, drawing pad. Kit #2: pencils, eraser, stump, sanding block.

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

 Pastels: soft vine charcoal; NuPastel, box of 96 pieces; Canson brand pastel paper, #429, 426, or 431; foam core drawing board cut 1″ larger than your paper, with four bulldog clips.

 Beginning Watercolor: One tube each of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna for the first session, more colors if you have them. (Additional colors will be discussed at the first meeting.) Large covered Woods or Pike palette or your favorite travel palette; a #12 pointed and a 1″ flat brush; tissues or Kleenex; Arches or other good quality paper (no Strathmore student grade).

 Oils: 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 save); Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, and Permalba White paint for the first session. (If experienced, also bring a warm and cool of each primary color or whatever colors you normally use.)

 Acrylics: Same as oils, except no mineral spirits, just a container for water.

Register For Class Through the Athenaeum

Mondays, 1–4 PM

September 21 – October 26

(6 Weeks, 18 total hours of instruction)

Online via Zoom

$315/335 (includes model)

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