Workshop: Figure Painting Using Classical Techniques

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ARTSCO is thrilled to be bringing established artist Kristy Gordon back to the Okanagan from New York City for an exclusive 3-day workshop in Classical Methods of Figure Painting this December.

Kristy Gordon Demoing squareDates: 

December 17-19th, 2015

10am to 4pm daily


Ellis Art Studios
1021 Ellis Street, Unit 203, Kelowna, BC

Course Description: 

This three-day figure painting workshop is a unique opportunity for students of all levels to learn the process of painting the nude figure using a limited palette. By limiting the colours on the palette students will develop the ability to perceive tonal values and control temperature variations while maintaining colour harmony.

The course will center on the experience of painting from a live model and there will be a single, sustained pose throughout the workshop. Participants will learn how to achieve a better likeness as well as how to paint convincing flesh tones. Each day will include a painting demonstration, discussion and individual instruction at the easel.

Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, anatomical proportion, structure of the face and features, as well as value, edges and modeling with color temperature.

The beginner will learn fundamental principles such as how to mix colors and render form modeling. The more advanced student will discover how to take their work to the next level and achieve the finish that they desire.



Kristy Gordon has nine years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America. She has taught at numerous institutions and academies including the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy (New York), and The Academy of Realist Art (Ottawa). She has lectured at China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, New Century Artists in New York City and the Art of the Portrait in Washington, DC.

Kristy Gordon exhibits her work internationally as well as being widely featured in magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art and Bravo!’s Star Portraits. Her paintings hang in over 500 public and private collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.

Kristy Gordon grew up in Nelson, BC and now lives in New York.


christopher-wallaceFigure Model – Christopher Wallace 

Fees, Registration and Policies:

$350 + model fees (approx. $30)

Payment can be made on the first day of the workshop in cash or cheque. There is a registration deposit fee of $100 that can be paid online or to make other arrangements please email Katie Brennan at [email protected].
Cancellations processed 2 weeks prior to start of course will receive full deposit back. Deposit is non-refundable for cancellations processed less than 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Full payment for the workshop should be made on the first day of class by cash or cheque.

Cancellations in the last 24 hours require a full payment for the class. Cancellation fees are based on the honour system and a cheque can be mailed in the event of a cancellation.

COURSE IS FULL – thank you for your interest.


Supplies Needed:

16”x20 or 18”x24” inch canvas or panel is a nice size to work at

Titanium White
Cadmium Red Light
Yellow Ochre
Mars Black
Burnt Umber

Synthetic brushes (brights) sizes 2, 4, 6
2 small, round synthetic brushes
A big synthetic square brush (about 2 inches wide)
Stiff bristle brushes (flats or brights) in a variety of sizes (for example 2, 4, 6, 8)

Palette knife
Pale Drying Linseed Oil or Walnut Alkyd Medium
Linseed oil holders
Vinyl Glover
Blue shop towels or rags
Portable easels (if unable to bring an easel, one will be provided – please contact ARTSCO for assistance)
Small side table