morgan at night, 18x24, oil on panel

Figure Painting in Oils from Life with Hollis Dunlap


March 5-9
9 am-4pm
Instructor:  Hollis Dunlap



THIS CLASS IS FULL. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list.

March 5-9 | 2018
9 am-4 pm
Instructor:  Hollis Dunlap

This is Hollis’ only US workshop in 2018, so be sure to grab your spot.  Space will be limited to 12 students.

We are thrilled to have Hollis Dunlap back to Townsend Atelier!   We will focus on creating a strong sense of 3-dimensional space and form by looking at light effects, proportions, edges, and various methods of paint application.  Hollis will encourage a practical use of anatomy, focusing on major anatomical landmarks, and we will study the way that master painters model form and make color choices. Several techniques will be demonstrated as we observe of the model in 6 to 12-hour poses, such as how to plan the composition, conceiving shapes in 3 dimensions, paint application, interpreting color based on the sources of light, and how to revise the painting as you go. Students will be encouraged to focus on their ability to work from the largest masses first, to create a sense of finish before small details are added. Basic geometric shapes will be used to describe forms of the human body to give the painting a convincing sense of form, in order to gain confidence in painting directly from the model. Workshop fee includes model fee.  Students will be painting each day from an unclothed model with 1-2 days devoted to painting the portrait.  Models will be male and female.

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Feel free to bring your own lunch or enjoy plenty of dining options in our southside neighborhood.  For students traveling from out of town, feel free to contact us if you need accommodation advice.  We will be happy to help!

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About the Instructor:

The Devil in the Details | oil on panel
12 x 16

Hollis Dunlap was born in 1977 in Northern Vermont in the USA, and has been painting since the age of 14. After beginning his study of realist painting in high school, he went on to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graduating in 1999 after painting and drawing the figure extensively for four years. While at the Academy, he was the first painter to be awarded First Prize at New York’s National Arts Club student exhibition for two consecutive years. Hollis was the recipient of the John Stobart Fellowship, awarded each year to a graduating student in recognition of outstanding work, and he is also a 2 time grantee of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. He has had numerous solo shows in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami, and currently paints and teaches painting in Southeastern CT.

Refunds can not be given for visiting artist workshops unless cancelled by Townsend Atelier.