Figurative Painting in Oil:
the process, start to finish!

Learn a conceptual model of value management applicable to any subject, including the imaginary.

Instructor: Jason Jenkins
Fine Art Painters
Medium: Oil
Stage: Aspiring, Emerging

Wednesday, May 15
May 15 | May 29 | Jun 12 | Jun 26 | Jul 10 | Jul 24 | Aug 7 | Aug 21 | Sep 4 | Sep 18
Bi-weekly for 10 weeks
5pm – 7pm MT


Note: Price in $USD

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Course Description

The demonstration will begin on a canvas that has previously been treated with an imprimatura, or oil stain, of raw umber, which has been allowed to dry. We will begin drawing the image directly in paint on the canvas, exploring scale, placement, and proportion, while utilizing abstract linear geometry to develop the design.

We will then shift into mass painting, thinly and transparently blocking in shadow shapes in contrast to open spaces maintained to represent the light. Having spent some time adjusting and refining these light and dark shapes in pursuit of a reasonably accurate arrangement of interlocking graphic shapes, we will then block in the light mass with one value representing the lower or darker end of the light spectrum.

The light mass will be blocked in as an addition effort to refine and adjust rather than passively filling in predetermined spaces. Progressively building up paint density simultaneously to expanding the value range, additional shapes will be added, each at a higher value than its predecessor, to breakdown the light mass in a planar fashion relative to the direction of the light source.

This will be done in monochrome to enable greater focus on the development of the drawing. Development of its relative relationship in a mosaic-like manner that maintains the already developed planar structure. This will serve as a foundation for turning form in a more organic manner in the following stage.

Initial color notes, referred to as dead coloring, will be compromised by the monochrome layer beneath them and at best will represent a ball-park estimate providing a beginning context for the gradual development of the chromatic relationship across the whole.

Once this stage has been completed and dried, we will embark on the final stage, introducing a mixed medium of stand oil and solvent, and switching to softer brushes. In this stage, we will render form by building smaller and smaller planes between the larger ones already determined, utilizing their relationships and averages to control the range and key, managing edges, and further developing the relationship of transparent and opaque paint application.

We will work section by section in this manner until the painting is completed. As we approach the conclusion of the demonstration subjects such as varnishing and framing will be addressed. This demonstration is meant to be within the context of a casual and open forum discussion, and audience members are invited to participate in the dialogue by bringing their questions and thoughts to the artist’s attention.

What You'll Learn
  • Learn how to use abstract geometry in direct gesture based painting as efficient means of setting up the design of a painting.
  • Learn a conceptual model of value management applicable to any subject, including the imaginary.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of color relationships, range and key, and the management of an extended high chroma palette.
  • Learn the principle of fat over lean, and its relationship to opaque and transparent paint application.
  • Discover a systematic and procedural method of painting, built on logic and strategy, which you can continue to practice independently.
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Instructor Bio
Ten years ago, I gave up my professional art practice of Fifteen years to go back to art school for the second time. At Studio Incamminati, I learned methods very different from those I previously employed, and in the six years since my graduation I have reconciled these various methods despite their often-foundational differences. My work currently merges, the Florentine and Venetian schools, as was intended at the Accademia degli Incamminati (the original Incamminati) in the Sixteenth century, and an impressionist palette and Henry Hensche’s method of wielding it, from my training at Studio Incamminati, with the Dutch Method’s approach to temperature, transparency and opacity, carried forward from my career previous to Studio Incamminati.

As a teacher and a lifelong student, the investment of time spent in academia has been a most valuable and a most fortunate opportunity. It has fueled my passion in the studio and in the classroom, where I consider it a duty and a privilege to pass on technique and methodology to those who hunger for them. I take that role very seriously.

From this position in my career and in my life, I look back through time, all the way back to the fog of my earliest memories. Scattered along the way I see the debris of many abandoned ideas, personal experiences, and formative memories. I see the debris collectively as the crumbs of a personal mythology in the earliest stages of incubation, and I see my long-term fixation on the narrative and the figure as the natural extensions of a time-honored vehicle within which to explore it.

I look forward and I see my recent work as in the larval stage, actively evolving into a new iteration that aims to explore contemporary drama and visual effect, and to utilize therapy, experience, and maturity to explore personal mythological narratives, in a manner that addresses the frequently veiled Intersectionality of mental health, abuse, sexuality, gender, and addiction, in a familiar and relatable context.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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A minimum of 6 registrations are required.  If 6 registrations are not received by the time the course is 24 hours from starting, the course will be cancelled and all registrants will receive complete refunds.

What is the maximum number of people in a course?

This varies for each course.  The maximum number of registrations is decided by the instructor.

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Up until 72 hours before a course’s first session you can receive a complete refund. You can cancel your registration via the My Account portal, or by contacting [email protected].

After this time no refunds will be given (if you have extenuating circumstances you believe justify a refund, contact us at [email protected]).

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No. Once a course has started, no new registrations are accepted.

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All courses meet online over Zoom. You will need a device equipped with a camera and a microphone to fully participate. 

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Are the sessions recorded?

Yes, every session is recorded and are typically available 24 hours after a session ends.  All session recordings will remain available for the duration of the course, and for one month following the last session.  The recordings are viewable within the MastriusChat platform, and cannot be downloaded.

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