Painting the Portrait and Figure – The Art Students League

Painting the Portrait and Figure

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson, Lotus, 2015, Oil, 40 x 25 inches

Class Description

This course will serve as a practical guide to portrait and figure painting from life, from beginning to end. By concentrating on three palettes within oil painting—the grisaille, the controlled palette and the full color palette—students will be guided to proficiency in conveying gestural vitality, proportional order, tonal comprehension, planar cohesion, structural anatomy and color harmony in their depictions of the human figure and portrait from direct observation. Instruction will be handled through demonstration lectures, individual critiques and extended demonstrations. Students will exit with a more eloquent way of articulating and building a personal vision in oil paint. Life Drawing will mirror Painting the Portrait and Figure while offering a focus on a varying drawing media and their accompanying strategies. This class works from the nude model, with poses generally lasting two to four weeks.

About the Instructor

Dan Thompson has been awarded extensively for his artwork, receiving the Grand Prize for Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art, two Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards for Excellence in Painting from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, as well as many others. He has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center.

Mr. Thompson co-founded two schools of art in New York City: the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art. He has served on the M.F.A. faculty of the New York Academy of Art for fifteen years, and is both a faculty member of Studio Incamminati and an associate of the Artistic Advisory Committee.

Mr. Thompson’s work has been exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world, including the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Arcadia Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the John Noble Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the National Arts Club, the United States Capitol and Beijing’s World Art Museum.

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