Figure Painting with Jerry Weiss


The course focuses on the study of the human figure, with particular emphasis on the importance of draftsmanship. Students are encouraged to design pictures which will focus on the figure, while at the same time being attentive to the relationship of color and tonal values throughout the painting. Light is studied for its effect on the large planes of the body, for the ways in which it models and clarifies anatomical form, and for its contribution to the richness of color which gives life to the figure. Students may work in any media. We will discuss the challenges of longer posed works through individual critiques and in-class demonstrations.
(above) Jerry Weiss, Nude Study, oil on canvas, 30 x 36

Materials list:

  • Paper (8 by 10 up to 24 by 18 inches)
  • Graphite and charcoal pencils
  • Canvas or panel
  • Turpenoid thinner
  • Paint cups
  • Paper towels
  • Bristle brushes # 2,4,6,8,10 (flats preferred)
  • Palette with suggested colors: titanium white, cadmium yellow light, yellow ocher, cadmium red light, quinacrdione red, ultramarine blue—a limited palette is strongly encouraged