Drawing the Figure for Painting

Friday evenings, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Starts May 31, 2024!

Figure drawings by Lisa Duncan (Archen)

Figure drawings by Lisa Duncan (Archen)

$125 + $10 model fee per student per class
(4 out of 6 possible dates)
May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12

Using a clothed model, Lisa will guide you through various ways to capture a figure. We will draw the figure in dry medium for this class, with the goal of having enough information captured to begin a painting. Most work will be in monotone, but color will be covered briefly at the end through pastels. (NOTE: Model fee to be paid in cash to model at the beginning of each class.)

Suggested Supplies:

  • 18x24 newsprint
  • 18x24 white drawing paper
  • pencils of various hardness (2b, 4b, 8b suggested)
  • Vine charcoal (medium & soft)
  • Graphite sticks (medium & soft)
  • Sharpie (medium or wide)

Suggested reading:

  • The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder
  • The Big Book of Drawing and Painting the Figure by Muntsa Calbo' I Angrill
  • Topics:

  • Block-in (large composition, smaller pieces of overall, making everything fit)
  • Gesture (capturing movement, creating interest)
  • Contour (what curves in, what curves out)
  • Light & Shadow defining form (building form through determining where it is important for light to hit and what can recede into shadow, understanding the movement of light)
  • Color (warm & cool, bold & muted, contrast & complementary)

Drawing-in Methods for Beginning a Painting

Friday evenings, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Starts July 19, 2024!

Step-by-step oil painting from a grid of a dog by Archen

Oil by Lisa Duncan (Archen)

Step-by-step artwork of a winged girl

Drawing in for Painting by Lisa Duncan (Archen)

(4 out of 6 possible dates)
July 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, 16, 23

This class covers various ways to get your beautiful drawing or photograph transferred to canvas to begin your painting. Bring several of your own works that you would like to begin. By the end of class, you should have three or more paintings blocked in, ready to begin painting in earnest.

Suggested reading:

  • How to Paint like the Old Masters by Joseph Sheppard


  • Tracing methods (projector, graphite paper, chalk outline)
  • Charting & graphing methods (Straight squares, squares and diagonals, concentric circles)
  • Applying a finished drawing to a canvas
  • Direct drawing on canvas (graphite & fixative with toning over, turpentine & oil on white canvas)
  • Toned canvas (block-in, wipe out, graphite or charcoal over grey gesso & fixative)

Beginning Drawing

Friday evenings, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fall starting Date to be announced.

Samples of beginning drawing

Samples of beginning drawing projects

(4 out of 6 possible dates)
April 5, 12, 19, 26 May 3, 10, 2024
Email Lisa for the "Drop-in" rate.

All levels are welcome, but class is geared toward beginners. With a combination of demonstrations and hands on experience, Lisa will help you gain confidence in your own drawing. Draw from still life, on-line images, or your own photos to learn how to control the different mediums used and create the effects you want in your own drawings.

Suggested reading:

  • Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale
  • Techniques of Drawing by Howard Simon
  • A Guide to Drawing by Daniel M Mendelowitz and Duane A Wakeham


  • Materials (paper, pencils, charcoals, inks)
  • Weight of line (examples of importance, exercises to control)
  • Types of marks (cross hatching, smooth blends, scribbles, etc.)
  • Value (10 pt scale, light to dark is frequently 3 steps)
  • Looseness to capture movement (gesture drawing, not getting drawn to details first)
  • Composition (Controlling where the eye goes with shape, value, light, movement, texture)

Materials to bring:
Please don’t feel you must have everything. This is just a suggested list. Also, please bring the materials with which you most enjoy drawing.

  • Pencils – 3h, 2b, 5b, 9b
  • Charcoal – vine/medium, stick light/medium/hard
  • Ink – india black
  • Brush – watercolor #3 round
  • Papers – 9x12 watercolor cold press, 9x12 smooth drawing, 9x12 charcoal toned (grey/brown/etc.)
    [NOTE: Don’t feel you have to buy three separate drawing tablets. You’ll only need a few sheets of each. Teacher will have some to share.]

Painting/Drawing Open Studio Class
with Allison Doke

landscape painting of crashing waves on rocks by Allison Doke

Powerful Sea, 8 x 10 inches oil on panel by Allison Doke

More Paintings by Allison Doke

Spring 2024

Fridays 1:30 - 4 p.m. (2.5-hour class)

6 week session:

Students will work individually at their own pace over the course of 6 weeks. The focus will be on an expressive style of painting while applying some basic principles of art: composition, value, and color. Allison will do several short demos during the 6 weeks.

Please email Allison ([email protected]) with questions and images of your work (if you have any). This will help her tailor the class to your level.

Allison typically teaches painting with the use of either oil or acrylic paints. Please bring some pencils and a small notebook for thumbnail sketches. Bring what you have to the first class and she can recommend other supplies.