Figure Painting Bootcamp with Steve Huston
An intensive 5-day online workshop event
Instructor: Steve Huston
Duration: Jan. 6-10
Time: Fri-Tues 10:00am-6:00pm
Online Full Access: $399
Online Standard Access: $299
Difficulty: All levels
Steve Huston’s works are poetic, poignant, and masterfully powerful. He has been an extraordinarily effective mentor whose instruction and guidance have produced an impressive number of accomplished acolytes.
This workshop will focus on painting the figure from start to finish in a way you never have before. How do we get from a beginning sketch to a finished painting? Over the course of 5 days, you will immerse yourself in the human figure and the process of painting. Steve Huston will take you back to the fundamentals, and guide you through to more complexity. There will be a multitude of demos, lots of time to practice live along with fellow artists, and a thorough analysis of old and new masters. This workshop will be so intensive, you will be on whole new skill level upon its completion.
You will learn how to apply your drawing skills to a finished painting. Keeping the fundamentals of drawing in mind, you will begin with something clean and simple. Then, you will naturally build onto it, layer by layer, with both color and value structures. This approach insures that the finished work produces one seamless idea. This also makes the finished piece fresh, exciting, powerful, and beautiful.
You will benefit from Steve’s generous teaching style as he provides informative lectures and beautiful demonstrations. Full Access participants can upload photos of their daily work into the class chatroom and get a full critique from Steve, where he will trace over your paintings and provide individualized feedback. You can watch the recordings on your own time, and you do not have to participate in the critiques if you don't want to.
The workshop will be streamed live all around the world on all 5 days from 10:00am - 6:00pm PST. You will receive online access to the recording to rewatch for one year or six months, depending on your purchase plan. This is helpful to reinforce the principles of each day, and to catch any concepts you may have missed the first time around.
See below for more information, including the instructor’s bio, a materials list, pricing information, and a daily breakdown syllabus.
- Online Live Stream For All 5 Days
- Access To Recording For One Full Year
- High Quality Images Of Life Models
- Access To Class Chatroom
- Critiques & Feedback Directly From Steve
Day One: Drawing for Painting
How do painters draw as a step in the process rather than an end in itself?
Day Two: Beginning A Painting By Resolving The Tonal Composition
How to set up whatever great and powerful finish technique we may plan.
Day Three: Color & Value Structures
How to explore limited and full color palettes that naturally build onto the value structures.
Day Four: Painting The Body,
How to paint various parts of the body with confidence.
Day Five: Bringing It All Together
How to create a finished work that combines everything you’ve learned to make something special & unique.
Steve Huston is a native of Alaska who received his degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He first established himself as a successful illustrator, commissioned by such high-profile clients as Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Warner Brother After holding a faculty position at the Art Center, in addition to teaching courses in life drawing, anatomy, and composition for the artists and animators of Disney and Dreamworks SKG studios, Huston earnestly began his career as a fine artist, winning top prizes at the California Art Club Gold Medal Show two years in a row. A string of gallery shows followed, first in Los Angeles and then in New York and elsewhere.
Huston continues exhibiting his work widely. His works are poetic, poignant, and masterfully powerful, and his figures are iconic archetypes of masculine and feminine line and form. His work is much sought after by prestigious private collectors, distinguished fellow artists, and other cognoscenti of the contemporary art world. He has been an extraordinarily effective mentor whose instruction and guidance have produced an impressive number of accomplished acolytes
1. Sketchbook to take notes
2. French easel (only if you have one already)
3. At least 4-6 Bristle Brushes sizes 4 to 10. Rounds happen to be my preference.
4. Odorless turpentine, such as Turpenoid. I use Gamsol from Gamblin
Have a lidded container to hold it in. Art stores sell glass jars with coils at the bottom to clean the brush away from sediment. These work well.
5. Rags or paper towels.
6. A glass palette about 20” X 24” or bigger.
7. One-sided razor blades with a blade holder (gotten at any hardware store)
8. Palette knives and medium are optional.
9. Painting surfaces can be about anything that has been gessoed. Bring 3 or more each day. 12” X 14”, 14” X 18” size range.
Store bought canvas board is the easiest. Stretched canvas is the most expensive. Matt board, cardboard, Illustration board can all be gessoed and used.
10. Paint – oil paint is recommended.
Art Store Brand, Winton and Rowney are student grade paint and so are cheaper and would be fine for black and white. The colors better to get quality brands. I use the large tube — Gamblin
1. Titanium White Large tube.
2. Ivory Black
3. Ultramarine Blue (reddish blue)
5. Alizarin Crimson (bluish red)
6. Napthol Red, Cadmium Red Medium (any slightly yellowish-red)
7. Hansa Yellow Cadmium or Yellow Pale or Chrome Yellow, etc.(reddish yellow)
8. Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow, etc. (Slightly bluish-yellow)
Indian Yellow or Transparent orange (only in Windsor Newton or Gamblin)
10. Viridian or Turquoise or any blueish-green
There are two ways to experience this class: the Online Full Access Pass, or the Online Standard Pass
Students who purchase the Online Full Access Pass will have access to all 5 days of the workshop, and will be able to view the recordings as many times as they like for one full year. They will also have access to the class chatroom, high-quality photos of the life models used, and critiques/feedback from the instructor.
Students who purchase the Online Standard Pass will have access to all 5 days of the workshop, and will be able to view the recordings as many times as they like for 6 months. They will NOT have access to the class chatroom or reference images, and they will NOT be able to submit their work for critiques. This is a great option for the artist with a tight budget but a hunger to learn.
Sales are non-refundable but in some cases we can switch a student’s enrollment in a class that has not yet started to another class of equal or lesser value. Art Mentors reserves the right to cancel, limit enrollment, substitute instructors or models, reschedule or modify a class with notice to enrolled students. If a class is canceled enrolled students will be given a refund. If an instructor is unable to finish a class term a refund will be given to students at a pro-rated amount.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.Is This Workshop Online Or In-Person?
A.The only way to participate is online, with either the Online Full Access Pass, or the Online Standard Pass. See above for pricing options.
Q.I'm Unavailable To Watch The Stream Live. Can I Still Take This Workshop?
A.Of course! Because of scheduling conflicts, many students can’t participate in the workshop live, but this is no problem at all! You can watch the full recording of the workshop at your leisure any time after the event on the web page.
Q.Is This Workshop Good For Beginners Or Just Advanced Artists?
A.This class is intended for artists of all levels. Professional artists will learn new ways to approach their craft. Beginning artists will learn solid foundations and good habits from day one, which is a great thing!
Q.This Is A Lot Of Money For Me To Pay At Once. Are There Payment Plans?
A.Yes. If you would like to make a half payment today, we can reserve your spot in the workshop. You will need to make your second payment before September 10th or you will lose your spot. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds. Please contact us if you’re interested in this payment plan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q.What Do I Get With The Online Full Access Pass?
A.Students who purchase the Online Full Access Pass will have access to all 5 days of the workshop, and will be able to view the recordings as many times as they like for one full year. They will also have access to the class chatroom, high-quality photos of the life models used, and critiques/feedback from the Steve.
Q.What Do I Get With The Online Standard Pass?
A.Students who purchase the Online Standard Pass will have access to all 5 days of the workshop, and will be able to view the recordings as many times as they like for 6 months. They will NOT have access to the class chatroom or reference images, and they will NOT be able to submit their work for critiques. This is a great option for the artist with a tight budget but a hunger to learn.
Q.Do You Expect To Sell Out?
A.Yes, we are expecting to sell out. Reserve your seat today!