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  • Sat

    Perceptual Painting: Figure Painting Workshop with Philip Frey

    9:00am-4:00pm25 Pine Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605

    Perceptual Painting: Figure Painting Workshop with Philip Frey


    I Can't Believe He Called, oil, 20" x 20", © Philip Frey 2017

    Call 664-0222 to enroll

    $200 + model fee to be split between students (max $45 per student)

    Saturday, April 21, 2018
    9am - 4pm

    Sunday, April 22, 2018
    9am - 4pm

    Philip Frey, nationally exhibiting artist and teacher, will share his expertise and popular teaching style with you in the spacious Artsworth Studios. You will focus on the simplification of the figure in an interior setting, learning to use the space around the figure as an integral part of the composition. You’ll be working with direct observation from a live model and encouraged to concentrate on compositional studies, a limited color palette, placing color and value accurately and brush work. Philip will give daily demos and one-on-one instruction. Some fundamental experience drawing the figure is strongly suggested. There will be an hour lunch break each day.

    Having taught in many venues, Philip is celebrated for his engaging, illuminating and positive teaching style. He is skilled at addressing his student’s abilities and confidence to help them move to the next level. His work will be showing in Greenhut Galleries “Portland Show” in April and Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will be mounting a solo exhibit of his work in June.

     Student Testimonials

    “Philip is a delight to work with, giving freedom yet challenges to students of all levels, based in a deep knowledge of expressionistic landscape painting.” -Vcevy Strekalovsky, Hingham, MA

    “When I first started taking classes I was frightened to death of putting myself out there with other, much better painters and a teacher whom I admired...The first day Phil’s demeanor helped to relax my fears, he helped me to organize myself, my materials and my goals...It seemed like he knew intuitively when I was headed down the wrong path and immediately offered me an exercise to refocus...I am confident that when I take a class with him I will be challenged, supported and encouraged to be myself.” -Carol Michaud, Bangor, ME


    Color Palette: (I use Gamblin Artist Oils. If cost is an issue, use Gamblin 1980™)
    Titanium Zinc White
    Cadmium Lemon (or Hansa Yellow Light*)
    Cadmium Yellow Med. (or Hansa Yellow Med.*)
    Cadmium Orange
    Cadmium Red (or Napthol Red*)
    Alizarin Permanent
    Ultramarine Blue
    Manganese Blue Hue
    Sap Green
    Transparent Earth Red
    Yellow Ochre
    Optional Colors: Cobalt Blue, Portland Gray Med., Phthalo Emerald

    Brushes: ‘Ivory Long Flats’ #2, #6, #10 #16. Round #2 (by Rosemary™ )
    Palette: (a flat surface with Saran Wrap or pad of palette paper, roughly 9x12 inches)
    Palette knife (small diamond pointed)
    Paper towels or rags & small trash bag (for dirty paper towels/rags)
    Gamblin Gamsol™ Odorless Mineral Spirits†
    Gamblin Solvent-Free Fluid™
    Brush Washer (air tight) or unbreakable jar with lid
    Gloves (I use the super thin nitrile dipped cloth gloves from HomeDepot)
    Canvas or canvas panels (Sizes: 2- 6x6” or 5x7”, 2- 8x10”, 2- 11x14”)
    View Catcher™ (or 2 x 2 inch window cut out of cardboard)
    Small sketch pad, Ebony™pencil, eraser, & digital camera or phone
    Color wheel
    Easel (I use the EasyL Lite™ and Strada™)
    Panel/Canvas carrier (RayMar makes excellent ones) or a couple pizza boxes

    Supplies can be found online at: dickblick.com | raymarart.com | bestbrella.com

    * Cheaper alternatives
    † Please DO NOT bring any other solvent other than Gamsol OMS. The instructor and some students are very sensitive to other solvents. Thank you!

    Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.

    Please call 207-664-0222 to sign up!

    Waiver: Kindly note that we are not responsible for any loss or damage participants may suffer in the course of the workshop due to theft, accident, illness or bodily injury.