This is a six-week series of classes designed for painters of all levels. In this class there will be a bit of art history on Plein Air figure painting, we will discuss Spanish, Russian and American painters. Painting figure outdoors is an amazing experience, the task in front of an artist is not only to work out usual compositional and coloristic problems of studio painting, also capturing influence of the environment on the skin tones and clothes . Also it’s a unique opportunity to paint the figure under direct sun light, with warm light and cool shadow.
Part One: Color Study from Art History Reference
In this class there will be a quick lecture on plein air figure painting. We will discuss experience of different painters from Spain to Russia to America capturing skin tone colors outdoors. Later there will be a demonstration on color study from art history reference.
Homework: paint a color study from the reference
Supply list : Regular oil palette, 8″x10″ canvas
Part Two: Figure painting in Direct Sun Light
In this class we will discuss capturing skin tones colors in direct sun light with warm light and cool shadow. There will be a demonstration from the reference.
Homework: Paint a color study from the reference.
Supply list: Regular oil palette, 9″x12″ canvas
Part Three: Tonal Drawing/Sketch
In this class we will discuss placement and composition, proportions of the figure, and separation of light & shadow.
Homework: Black and white sketch
Supply list: Pencil, 9″x12″ paper preferred
Part Four: Figure Painting with Large Canvas
In this class there will be a demonstration on drawing on canvas and laying initial colors based on the color study and photo reference.
Homework : Lay in color on large canvas assignment.
Supply list: Regular painting palette, canvas size may vary.
Part Five & Six: Completion of Figure Painting Assignment
In this class we will discuss working on details and harmonizing our painting through color, value, and composition.
Homework: Finishing large canvas assignment.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date.
Complimentary 10-day access to each recorded session. Recordings are emailed the day after each live session.
Supply list is in the description.
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
A Zoom meeting link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. If you need help with Zoom, please let us know and we will schedule a short tutorial for you prior to your class.
Leon Okun was born on February 6, 1980 in a small town in Siberia, Russia. In 1993 Leon’s family immigrated to San Diego. His interest in figurative art developed while taking art classes at Mesa Community College, where he was given complete freedom of exploration. This freedom led him to a profound interest in figurative drawing and propelled Leon to pursue the kind of program that would satisfy his passion for fine art.
Leon’s educational art journey began at Watts Atelier (a small private art school with an emphasis on the traditional fine art), where he studied for two and a half years. There he met Ron Lemen, an art instructor at Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts. To this day, Leon gives Ron Lemen credit for inspiring him to believe in himself and to set the highest possible standards for personal artwork.
In 2003 Leon returned to Russia to explore Russian art schools and museums. Painters like I. E. Repin, V. Serov, and V. Surikov captured his interest and helped him develop the best possible vision any artist can have: To become a serious painter.
It was then, in 2003, that Leon decided to apply to the Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Repin Academy of Arts is a two hundred and fifty seven year old historic institution. It has been the birthplace of the most famous Russian painters. It was clear to Leon that if he wanted for himself the best art education in the world, than it would have to be the Repin Academy of Arts.
After two years of intense preparation Leon got accepted to the Academy, where he studied for six years and received both a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art and a Masters Degrees in Fine Arts.
In 2011 Leon returned to San Diego and immersed himself into teaching, sharing with his students the wonderful education he had received at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.
Successful in his own right as a Artist and as a Teacher, Leon now inspires his students to search our their dreams and to strive to achieve their own personal best.
Leon is a member of the California Art Club, the American Portrait Society, the American Impressionist society, and the Plain Air Painters of San Diego.
Leon has participated in and won numerous art competitions in San Diego and throughout Southern California. His style of painting is based on the traditional European classical art, and color pallet that so many Russian painters are famous for.
Most recently Leon had several successful exhibitions that drew a great deal of interest in the art community.
Course Changes or Cancellations
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class/workshop, limit workshop size, change class/workshop times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.
If a class/workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another class/workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
Refunds and Transfers
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable.
There are no make-ups available for online courses. Students are emailed a 10-day access to each recorded session, made available the next day after the live session.
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