Figure Painting in Oils

Nicholas Enevoldsen is an emerging artist living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area. At the Laguna College of Art & Design, in Laguna Beach, California, he received a BFA in Studio Art along with various awards and scholarships, including the coveted “Passport to China” scholarship in 2006. After graduating, he devoted four years of intensive study at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. As a student, he was appointed ‘Principal Instructor’ for the Intensive Drawing Program and awarded the “Fourth Year Prize” providing an additional year of specialization.

Nicholas has since completed his MFA at the Lesley University College of Art & Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocated to Seattle where he actively draws and paints and serves as ‘Adjunct Professor’ at Shoreline Community College and ‘Instructor’ at the Kirkland Arts Center.

1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Stretched canvas, linen, or wood panel: any size between 16 x 20 in. – 24 x 36 in
  • Canvas/gesso board 8 x 10 in
  • Paint. Colors:
    • Burnt Umber (Windsor & Newton Artist Series = W/N)
    • Raw Umber (W/N)
    • Old Holland Violet Grey
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Burnt Sienna (W/N)
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Yellow Ochre Pale (W/N)
    • Titanium Nickel Yellow (Old Holland)
    • Titanium White or Cremnitz White
  • Brushes: I use different types of brushes for various tasks applying ‘the right tool for the right job’. I will present and discuss various types of brushes and my experiences with each of them in class. However, please bring any previously owned brushes and paint to class. I recommend:
    • Royal & Langnickel: Vienna Series (7500F) White synthetic bristle. Sizes: 1, 2 (Flats) 4, 6 (Filberts not brights)
    • Royal & Langnickel: Vienna Series (7500F) White synthetic bristle. Sizes: 1, 2 (Flats) 4, 6 (Filberts not brights)
  • Palette: Wood, glass, or paper
  • Palette Knife (medium size diamond shape)
  • Refined Linseed or Walnut Oil
  • Metal Cups (for containing oils)
  • Vine Charcoal: soft or medium
  • Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
  • Brush Cleaning Jar
  • Plastic Tupperware container (for preserving paint mixtures)
  • Paper Towels
Seize a unique opportunity to study with former principal instructor of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, Nicholas Enevoldsen. Exploring the richness of oil paint, you will create a long pose figure painting from direct observation and learn a step-by-step approach for capturing a model’s likeness. Enevoldsen will present live demonstrations, individual critiques, and a series of lectures designed to equip you with techniques for mixing flesh tones, paint application, and how to imbue your work with a compelling sense of light, atmosphere, and form.
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