Figurative Painting + Traditional Techniques

Tana Quincy
12 Sessions »Wednesdays, September 13–November 29

7:30–10:30 pm | Fort Mason Pier 2, Studio 217, Suite 27 | $530

Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing class or equivalent.

Materials List

Explore time-tested approaches to oil painting in this foundational methods class. We will learn about grisaille and cool-warm underpainting, layering techniques, pigments, glazes and mediums as well as the classic argument of tone vs. line in regards to form. A variety of painting exercises will allow us to engage with these various facets of the well-versed painter’s vocabulary while focusing on the human form.

NOTE: We are excited to have this class meet at SFAI's new graduate center, Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Herbst Pavillion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123). Close to the course start date, you will receive detailed directions of how to get to your classroom space. If you have any questions, please call: 415-749-4554 or email: You can read more about our new graduate center online here: 

Registration for this course is now Closed.

Tana Quincy's work re-examines the use of utilitarian materials from the vantage point of a painter. Her unconventional approach is as much about acquiring new forms of media and reinventing process as it is about composition and mark-making. Her paintings explore the dialogue between substrate and surface. Quincy has had several solo exhibitions in the Midwestern United States, and has shown nationally from New York City to San Francisco. After receiving her MFA in figurative painting from the New York Academy of Art, she taught studio art at the college level for four years. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.