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Painting the Nude

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Translate the beauty of the human form into a realistic work of art with approachable oil painting techniques.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Explore the timeless techniques of Classical Realism as you learn to depict the nude figure in oil paint. Tone your canvas for a unifying glow, and find out how to simplify the complexities of the body into manageable planes and shapes. Delve into value, color and dimension with effective exercises in light and shadow, and create a tonal road map for your composition. Watch artist Kristin Kunc work off a live studio model as you join along, painting section by section to fill out the nude figure with beautifully blended skin tones. Create realistic contours and muscles using value shifts, and paint a dynamic, soft-focus background that illuminates your entire composition!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet Kunc and discover what you'll be learning in this class.
2. From Drawing to Canvas
3. Body Shape Exercise
4. The Underpainting
5. Color Study
6. The Value Scale
7. Value & Color Part 1
8. Value & Color Part 2
9. Finishing the Background

Recommended with this class

  • Oil paints, brushes, canvas or board

Taught by

Kristin Kunc
Kristin Kunc
Kristin Kunc has immersed herself in classical painting for the last 15 years, training at the Cape Cod School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Water Street Atelier in New York City. Her paintings have been exhibited across the country, and Fine Art Connoisseur magazine reviewed her work as possessing “a signature style that is at once daring and demure, literal and figurative, rebellious and reverent.” She teaches in Oyster Bay and Brooklyn, New York.

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