In this 5-day intensive workshop, we will explore different ways to bring our paintings to life, using both a live unclothed female model and photography as our reference. We will begin each day by looking at the bigger picture, drawing from a live model quickly with charcoal and finding the movement that naturally runs through the body. Each morning we will build on what we have learned the day before, starting with very short poses and ending with longer and more detailed drawings. The afternoon will be spent working with paint, zooming in and scaling up from traditional figurative painting, abstracting the body so we can focus on the language of skin. During the afternoons, students will work on 3 abstracted body paintings from a selection of photographs that will be provided.

Dates: October 26-30 | 10 am-5 pm

Instructor: Aleah Chapin

Born in 1986, Aleah Chapin grew up on an island north of Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2012. Aleah has attended residencies at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Recent exhibitions have included the 2016 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; The Ingram Collection: Bodies, Woking, UK and a solo show, Within Wilds at Flowers Gallery, London. She has been a recipient of the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Posey Foundation Scholarship, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Postgraduate Fellowship from the New York Academy of Art, and won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2012.