Michael Solovyev is an art director, illustrator, fine art painter and designer of architecture, theater sets and costumes. He has 12 years of professional experience, has won numerous awards and his fine artwork is featured in public and private collections in 10 different countries. For nearly a decade he's been transmitting his classical European art education to up-and-coming artists through teaching engagements in Canada and in his native Russia.
Classes typically begin with theory and demonstration for the first 15-30 minutes followed by painting from live models (almost every class) with one-on-one feedback from the instructor.
Week 1 : Learn to apply a quick monochrome 3-tones block-in method to head painting while working from casts.
Week 2: Apply the same head-painting method to a live model, learning about tone and form. Understand why and how to use hard and soft edges to create a more convincing sense of form.
Week 3 : Learn how to properly "finish" your painting by adding more values and detail.
Week 4 : Develop proficiency in figure painting with the 3-tone block-in method as you learn different ways to work with skin-tone colours.
Week 5 : Learn to add colour over a monochrome painting as you train your eye to distinguish tone from colour.
Week 6 : Understand how to add subtle tone differences and warm and cold colours in skin tones to create a richer figure painting.
Week 7-10 : Learn to use the 3-tones block-in method to paint the figure directly in colour (Alla Prima style).
In this class, you will learn to properly work with skin-tones and apply a simple 5-step method to block in your dark, mid and light tones, adjust with more subtle variations as well as apply the finishing touches. By the end of this class, you will have learned to apply this method to accurately break-down and understand a figure from life and build-up a successful figure painting which truly captures the form and essence of your subject!
Allowed mediums: oil or pastel
- Accurately capture the essence of your model!
- Become proficient at a simple and powerful method for clearly communicating the form, colour and values of the human figure
- Learn from a master figure painter trained in the methods of the classical schools of realistic painting