Painting: The Contemporary Figure

September 22, 2022 - December 15, 2022



This dynamic and diverse course introduces students to the many ways the figure is used in contemporary painting. Approaches such as portraiture or groups of figures in particular settings or locations will be discussed and used as a source for class projects. Students will work from the live model, photographs, drawings, other artists’ works and the imagination. Ideas around identity, narrative and place are explored to give a deeper context to the subject matter. Various artists who use the figure in their work will be discussed, including Otobong Nkanga, Ida Applebroog, Alex Katz, Momma Anderson, Jenny Saville, Noah Davis, Janet Werner, Neo Rauch, Liu Xiaodong, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun to name a few. Previous painting experience recommended.
Thursdays 10am – 1pm, Sep 22 – Dec 15 In-person
Leah McInnis
Tuition: $475.00 (36 hrs)

Suppy List

- sketchbook
- pen/pencil
- black conté and/or charcoal
- pad of newsprint
- glue stick
- scissors
- 1 medium sized canvas or panel

Additional Items to be discussed during the first class:

- paints (oil, acrylics, watercolour or gouache) in a range of colours including:
red (your choice)
blue (your choice)
yellow (your choice)
titanium white
carbon black
others that you find exciting
- acrylic matte medium
- odourless mineral spirits and walnut or linseed oil (oil)
- jar with lid (oil)
- variety of brushes suited to your choice of paint
- surfaces to paint on (canvas, panel or paper, depending on paint choice) approx. 10 total
- rags
- palette
- palette knife
- paint apron (suggested)
- large container or jar for water

September 22, 2022 - December 15, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7