Long Pose Figure Painting

Lindsey NWM

Dates and time:

Fall: October 12th, 19th, and 26th (FULL!) 

Check back soon for dates on the Winter session workshop!

Location: Grand Valley Artists: 1345 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 140 Grand Rapids, MI, 49505

Cost: $300 which includes the model fee. Space is limit to 6 students per class. There is a $100 dollar deposit due the week before class starts. To sign up for this workshop or to ask any questions you can contact Candice directly: candicechovanec@yahoo.com

This will be a single pose done over 3 weeks. Students will learn how to paint the figure over the course of 12 hours.


October 12: 10am-4pm Demonstration for first 4 hours then students work quick lay-ins and color studies.

October 19: 9am -4pm One hour discussion at the beginning of class the 6 hours painting from the live model.

October 26: 9am -4pm One hour discussion at the beginning of class the 6 hours painting from the live model.


Materials List

Oil paint:

Do NOT get any “hues” when buying cadmium colors. Hues have a lower color saturation. You will end up using more paint and not saving any money.

  • Titanium white (large tube)
  • Nickel Titanate Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Cadmium Orange Medium
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Alizarin Red or Alizarin Permanent
  • Sap Green
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Dioxide Purple
  • Burnt Umber
  • Sennelier Brown Pink
  • Williamsburg Kings Blue


I use Blick brand brushes and they work fine. But Trekkel and Rosemary Brush Co. are both high quality brush companies. I usually try to have 2 of each brush but you can get by with one. This is an optional selection. If you have different brushes that you prefer please bring those.

    • Bristle
      • Filbert #3
      • Filbert #1
      • Flat #6
      • Round # 4
      • Flat #16
      • Round #12
    • Sable
      • Thick fan brush size 6 or larger
      • Flat #4
      • Flat #6
    • Squirrel
      • Blick Brand natural round #4, #6, #8

Canvas or Panel:

16 x 20 canvas or wood panel. Even if it comes already primed with gesso, you should put on 3 more layers before the start of the workshop. I apply gesso with a paint roller and do a light sanding between layers. Having a good surface from the start is essential. You will also need 2 additional 11×14 panels or canvases to work on. These should also be primed with gesso.


  • Palette: Glass palette with a paint saver blue and white box works great for easy travel.
  • Solvent: Odorless mineral spirits (I prefer Gamsol) and a metal tin with a lid for cleaning brushes
  • Medium: Linseed oil in a small container with a lid
  • Palette Knife
  • Paper Towels (I like blue shop towels)
  • View finder (optional but useful)
  • Q-tips