Painting the Life-Size Figure

Sarah Stolar
5 Sessions » Thursdays, June 5–July 10
(No class June 12)
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 117 | $210

Prerequisite: Previous painting experience recommended

This five-session course will give students the opportunity to work from a model on a life-size scale. Working in mixed-media, acrylic and/or oil paint, this series of classes will focus on one or two long poses with the live model to allow the students enough time to fully realize a large-scale completed figurative work. Each class will begin with gesture drawings to help students quickly record visual information, and inform the process of working in a large format within a limited timeframe. In addition to the investigation of anatomy and figure proportion, emphasis will be placed on the emotional presentation of the figure, and how materials, technique, color, and mark-making aid in the development of a visceral image. Books, slides, and art historical information will be presented and discussed. 

“Wonderful, dedicated instructor who goes out of her way to encourage each students’ strengths and is honest with areas for improvement. A truly gifted instructor.” –Autobiography in Painting student, 2013

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Sarah Stolar is an interdisciplinary artist living in the Bay Area. Her focus is drawing and painting, but she also works in multimedia installation, film, video, and performance art. She has been teaching art for over a decade and currently serves on the AP Studio Art College Board. Sarah has an MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and is a direct descendant of German master painter Adolph von Menzel. Working from autobiographical narrative, her work blurs figuration, abstraction, illustration, and symbolism. Stolar has exhibited and performed across the United States and internationally, including at the ANTI-Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland; the 53rd Venice Biennale; and a solo exhibition at Bohemian Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art (BGMOCA); Montevideo, Uruguay.
Sarah Stolar
Anahata, 2014
Oil on canvas
40 x 28 inches
Courtesy of the artist