Direct Figure & Portrait Painting – The Art Students League

Direct Figure & Portrait Painting

Garin Baker

Garin Baker

Class Description

Using a less linear approach, this course will push beyond the purely academic, while stressing the uniqueness of each subject and encouraging the student’s individual expression. The class will encourage the development, through an open color palette, aspects of gestural and dynamic compositional design, body language and structural form. Individual critiques and extended demonstrations, along with side-by-side work studies, will offer students a clear overview throughout the process toward more authentic and compelling, finished works. Nude and portrait poses will generally last two to four weeks.

About the Instructor

Born in 1961 in New York City, Garin Baker received his BFA in Painting and Art History at Pratt Institute, with additional studies at The Art Students League. As a traditional figurative artist and plein air painter, has had a long career as a professional artist with an impressive list of commissions and sales. He’s also nationally recognized for his largescale public art mural commissions for municipal, private, and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. He has been the subject of several features in American Artist and Plein Air Magazine. Mr. Baker has won several first place and grand prize awards including Plein Air Easton, Brandywine, PA and the prestigious Irvine Museum Award. For more information, please visit garinbaker.com.
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