Painting Course

The Painting Course is intended for students who have completed the Introductory Course, or for those who have studied painting within other frameworks and now wish to study the particular methods taught at the Academy of Figurative Art.

The Painting in Oils Course is built on the foundations of the introductory course and aims to broaden and enrich the knowledge and the abilities of the student on his arrival at painting in oils.

The course itself lasts for two years and is divided into four parts. The first: learning to draw the human body; the second: use of a limited palette – restricted to a very few colors; the third: broadening the range of colors on the palette; fourth and last: gaining experience painting a variety of subjects, culminating in the Final Project.

The first part of the course focuses on drawing the human body using different media such as charcoal, pencil, chalks etc., integrated with human anatomy lessons, with particular emphasis on the muscles conspicuous during movement.

The second part concentrates on the numerous possibilities presented in working with a restricted palette i.e. black/white; blue/brown/white; brown/yellow/white and also “dead palette” (as used by the Dutch Masters).

Emphasis is placed on tonal appreciation and on the great importance in accurately showing the passage to and from light and shaded areas, as a central component in creating the illusion of depth.

At this stage, the work is on still life, cast and live model painting.

The third part of the course concentrates on broadening the range of palette colors, delving more intensely into the color spectrum, both in theory and in practice – and into the unending possibilities of mixing paint on the palette in order to create a harmony of colors on the canvas.

The subjects are still life, live model painting – and landscape painting as an instrument for enriching the appreciation of color’s role in the universe. In this part of the course, each student must copy a master work of a classical painter and present written work on this artist.

The fourth and last part of the course focuses on working on a long-term project with a model and on the more intense study of both theoretical and practical composition. For the Final Project, the student chooses the subject himself and is then guided by the School’s individual criticism and personal tutorage.