Bringing the Figure to Life: Painting Skin
10 am-5 pm EST
Instructor: Aleah Chapin
Aleah Chapin is a master at painting human skin convincingly and gorgeously. We are thrilled to offer this workshop again by popular demand. If you were not able to join us last year, you have another chance!
Why is it that we paint and don’t just take photographs when our goal is realism? Because paint breathes life into an image. Each brush mark is made with intention, and the accidents that inherently happen are the cornerstone to a painting feeling alive. In this online, 5-day intensive workshop, we will explore different ways to bring our paintings to life. Using photography as our reference, we will zoom in and scale up from traditional figurative painting, abstracting the body so we can focus on the language of skin. This class will be about the dance between intention and impulse, control and abandon, so we learn to create paintings that feel alive, in every sense of that word. At least some oil painting experience is recommended but not required. Aleah will provide a robust image bank that students can use for their painting reference.
Each day will begin with a 20 warmup drawing exercise from a video of an unclothed model followed by a painting demo by Aleah.
Aleah’s method for painting skin is rooted in her layering techniques. Each day, she will start with a painting demo of each layer followed by student painting time. Q & A and individual critiques are built into the schedule throughout the workshop. At the end of the week, each student will have the opportunity for an individual session with Aleah to have other work critiqued or ask career or painting questions.
Born in 1986, Aleah Chapin grew up on an island north of Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2012. Aleah has attended residencies at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Recent exhibitions have included the 2016 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; The Ingram Collection: Bodies, Woking, UK, and a solo show, Within Wilds at Flowers Gallery, London. She has been a recipient of the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Posey Foundation Scholarship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Postgraduate Fellowship from the New York Academy of Art, and won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2012. Aleah now lives and paints in the Pacific Northwest, where the people and place of her home are the foundation of her work.