Amy J. Dyck – Figurative Oil Painting for Beginners and Intermediates – 9 spaces available

Amy J. Dyck – Figurative Oil Painting for Beginners and Intermediates

Six Sessions 2 1/2 hours each
Class Dates: July 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 & 23
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please arrive at 6:15 to help to set up the studio
You are expected to help set up and clean up the studio
Open to 15 Members Only

Prerequisite: basic drawing skills

The human figure has inspired artists to express it’s inherent beauty, emotion, and drama, for as long as we have been making marks on cave walls, but can also be some of the most difficult objects to render realistically and beautifully.

Come join us as we deepen our ability to render the full figure skillfully with oils! Using photographic references (yours or mine), and artist demonstrations as a guide, we will work through the steps of the indirect method of painting by creating a basic under-painting first (with an emphasis on gesture, shapes, and values) and then layering on top with increasing degrees of complexity (looking for realistic skin tones, rounding forms, unity).


As we work through the process, we will touch on subjects like basic anatomy and planes of the body, colour theory, triangulation, specific oil painting techniques and guidelines, etc. Bring your questions!

Artists can expect to work on 1-2 paintings over the 6 weeks (depending on speed and knowledge) but please come with the expectation to learn and try new things, not to create a finished piece of art. Handouts will be provided.

Supply List

  • Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamblin’s Gamsol is the best and safest)
  • Linseed oil

(you can split the bottle of Odorless Mineral Spirits and the Linseed Oil with a few friends if you want to save a few bucks, you won’t need much)
Oil Paint

  • Titanium white or Flake White replacement
  • Burnt sienna
  • Cadmium red light
  • Alizarin crimson permanent
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium yellow medium
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cerulean blue
  • Burnt umber
  • Raw umber
  • Hog’s Bristle Brushes, in a variety of sizes, approximately 2 small, 2 medium, 2 large. I like filberts/rounds.
  • palette ‐ disposable paper pallets are great for workshops.
  • easel
  • 2‐3 surfaces to paint on, 16×20 or 18×24″ in size, prepared and ready to paint on.
  • Paper towel
  • a small jar WITH A LID to hold medium mixture
  • a medium jar WITH A LID or brush washing jar for cleaning brushes.
  • a palette knife for mixing paint, whatever size and shape works best for you
  • Optional: gloves to keep paint off skin
  • Optional: smock / apron

Thursday evening classes are NOT run on a drop-in basis. Those that sign up for these classes are expected to attend each of the nights the class is offered. Once you have signed up please make note of the class(es) you have signed up for. A reminder email will go out in advance of the class BUT please be sure to make note of all classes you sign up for.

If, after you have signed up for the classes you find that you can not attend please notify the workshop chair as soon as possible so that someone on the waitlist or another member can take advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity offered to the SSWR Art Society members.

Please Note: If the course is full please submit your name to be added to the wait list. If a spot becomes available you will be notified.

If you have ANY questions or have to cancel please contact the Workshop Chair, Violet Smythe at and not the instructor. Thank you!