The Figure in Watercolor – The Art Students League

The Figure in Watercolor

Marcelo Daldoce

Marcelo Daldoce

Class Description

This class explores the language and techniques of watercolor painting from the figure. Students will paint using a variety of watercolor approaches derived from current and historical practice.

As a medium that allows only a few corrections, the foundation of watercolor is essential. Students will learn the medium’s behavior on wet and dry paper and how to cause accidents without losing control, allowing the medium to express itself and create images that are alive. A variety of topics: drawing & painting; nudes & portrait, flesh tones, reserving white from the paper, volume, and color theory. The purpose is to build three-dimensionality from a flat surface, providing life to the human form.

Students will learn from cast figures, nudes from old masters paintings, pictures, self-portraits, and zoom live models. We will be working through a series of activities, beginning with a series of quick gestural studies and progressing to longer paintings. There will be daily lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and one-on-one guidance. The object is to win the confidence and obtain definitive results in this unforgiven technique.

Marcelo is excited to present this unique class over the online video conferencing platform Zoom. Marcelo will have one camera fixed on his painting and palette (right on his hands) and one camera on him as he works. Students will get closer than ever to Marcelo’s process.

About the Instructor

Marcelo Daldoce (b. 1979) is a Brazilian artist, living and working in New York City. In 2016, he acquired his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He has shown in museums in Austria and Bahia/Brazil, art fairs, and private collections. He has been in group shows in Brazil, NYC, Sotheby’s, among other galleries internationally.Daldoce’s primary medium is watercolor. For more than 18 years, he has been uniquely transforming it. His skill, style, and subjects have infused the medium with contemporary vitality.

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