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The Art of The Figure (San Luis Obispo)

In this workshop, we will explore how to take your figure drawings, paintings or mixed media pieces beyond looking like classroom studies. We will focus on composition, style and visual voice. Our goal will be to learn how to create more compelling, visually interesting, and interpretive work. Learn different techniques and methods used by me and other artists, and apply them to your own creations. This workshop will offer demonstrations, discussions, critiques and plenty of creative time. Be prepared to elevate the quality, design and aesthetics of your work.

Our working surfaces will be considered playgrounds where desire, chance, experimentation, risk-taking, media, layering and surface will all be engaged in a process, thus creating an exciting experience for each artist.

This workshop is about exploring figure drawing and painting as a creative, expressive activity. The main goal is to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone. The students only expectations should be to give themselves the opportunity to learn something new and have a whole lot of fun.

There are four components to this workshop:

  1. The Figure by Itself (embellishing the pose, exaggeration, movement, rhythm, shape, color)
  2. Technique
  3. Composition
  4. Figure in An Environment (foreground, middle ground, background)

If you are looking for a fresh perspective for your creativity, an energy boost for your drawings and paintings, and a dynamic workshop experience, then this is the workshop for you.

Student furnishes their own supplies and surfaces to work on. A suggested (recommended) supply list will be provided once you are enrolled.


Students have basic drawing and painting skills as well as a basic understanding of the figure as the foundation of figure drawing is not taught in this class.


San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA), CA


$325 Members  |  $375 General  |  Please register by Friday, November 4


View the full guidelines here.