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Figure Painting From Life
An in-person workshop with Hollis Dunlap

Instructor Hollis Dunlap
Dates January 14 - January 18, 2019 (5 days) 9 AM - 4 PM
Location 16182 Gothard St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Difficulty All Levels
Materials Click to download the materials list


Learn to paint the figure from life in this 5-day in-person workshop with award-winning professional artist, Hollis Dunlap!

In this workshop, students will focus on composition, light effects, proportions, edges, and various methods of paint application to create interesting paintings.

Several techniques will be demonstrated such as how to plan the composition, drawing from large shapes to small shapes, paint application, interpreting color based on the sources of light, and how to revise the painting as you go.

Students will work 6 hours per day with a live model, with a minimum of 12 hours for each pose. Students are welcome to either paint the portrait, a 3/4 view, or the full figure.

This In-Person Workshop Features:

  • 5 Days of figure painting instruction with award-winning artist Hollis Dunlap
  • Work from a live nude model in our Huntington Beach studio!
  • One-on-one guidance

NOTE: This workshop is IN-PERSON ONLY. Space is limited and seats fill up quickly. Don’t wait to register!

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Product Description

Join Art Mentors in sunny Surf City (Huntington Beach) Southern California for this fun and informative figure painting workshop!

In this workshop, you will learn to paint the figure from life! Students will be encouraged to build the sense of form 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, as well as giving the student more confidence in painting directly from the model.

This workshop is 5 days long, from 9 AM to 4 PM. There will be a one-hour lunch break each day. Feel free to bring your own lunch or enjoy plenty of local dining options. For students traveling from out of town, we will be happy to help if you need accommodation advice. Call us at 1 (714) 375-2233 or email us at mentors@artmentors.com.

About The Instructor

Hollis Dunlap

Hollis Dunlap has been painting since the age of 14. He studied 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. He has had numerous solo shows in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami, and currently paints and teaches painting in Southeastern CT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is this class available online?

A. No. This class is available in-person only at our studios in Huntington Beach.

Q. Are materials provided?

A. No. Students are responsible for purchasing their own materials. Some materials will be available for purchase at our studios, and others will be available at nearby art suppliers.

Q. Is this workshop too difficult for me?

A. This workshop is challenging, but suitable for students of all levels. Hollis is happy to answer questions and give assistance to beginners and professionals alike.

Q. Where is the workshop located?

A. The workshop will take place in our studios at 16182 Gothard St. Huntington Beach, CA 92647.

Q. Where do I park?

A. Students can park in any space marked O, M, or G, or in any unmarked parking space around the studios.

Q. Can I attend the workshop if I live out of town?

A. Yes! There are plenty of affordable lodging options available. Feel free to contact us if you need accommodation advice at mentors@artmentors.com or call us at 1 (714) 375-2233. We will be happy to help!

Class Policies


Unless otherwise specified in the product descrtipion, students are responsible for obtaining all required materials.


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.


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.

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