Oil Painting From Life – Understanding Painting

Simon Levenson

Class Description

This class is designed to identify students’ strengths so they can create their best work. Class exercises divide painting into color, brushwork, drawing, value and composition so students may learn about and improve in each area. The goal is to understand the process used in creating a painting; to identify students’ individual challenges; and to help students develop the ability to solve these for themselves through an understanding of each topic studied. Students may work from a multi-week figure model or a class still life for single-session studies. Students are encouraged to direct their expression between classes by drawing, viewing art and reading about new techniques.

About the Instructor

Simon Levenson’s oil paintings are represented by Cavalier Fine Art Inc. in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut; and Nantucket. He has been represented by Wally Findlay Gallery, and has shown at Grenning Gallery, Elaine Benson Gallery and Mast Cove Gallery. In 2011 his oil paintings were commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit program and are permanently installed as large-scale murals for a New York City A train subway station. He has received a Puffin Foundation grant and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant. After early studies at the National Academy, Mr. Levenson received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he focused on fine art, philosophy, writing, and film. His studies continued at the Art Students League with Gustav Rehberger. He is an avid admirer of the anatomy lectures of Robert Beverly Hale. He is the founder of Drawing New York, a New York City based drawing group with over 5,000 members.

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