Figure painting from preparatory drawing 

July 15 > 19, 2019

5 days tuition

30 hours

15 places are available for each workshops.

Teaching is conducted in English and french.

Below 50% of participants the course is canceled.

Payment in 2 installments: 50% upon registration, 50% the following month.

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July 15 > 19, 2019 - 5 days tuition - 30 hours

Figure painting from preparatory drawing




Location:Paris Academy of Art – 78, rue Raspail – 92270 Bois-Colombes - France

Level:Beginner to Advanced

Medium:Drawing and oil on canvas or panel

Class size: 8 to 15 students


Schedule:9 am > 12 am / 1 pm > 4 pm




In this very unique 5-day workshop Shane Wolf will teach his approach to creating a preparatory drawing from the live model, and then how to create a finished painting from this preparatory drawing. A solid preparatory drawing from life allows the artist tremendous freedom when moving to the painting: compositional study, color study, size experiments, etc are all aspects that can be played with before engaging the final painting.

Over many years Shane has developed his own approach to this traditional technique and will share what he has found to be very useful in preparatory drawings as well as what is superfluous (i.e. how to take color notes, anatomical notes, etc so as to be as efficient as possible with the model). 

One great advantage to this approach is that there is no limit to the time one can spend on the painting once a sound preparatory drawing is completed. During this workshop students will spend several days developing their preparatory drawing from the live model, then will have several days to work on their figure painting without the model. Even after the workshop is over, students will have enough information to be able to continue to work on their paintings.






Born in 1976 in Cincinnati (USA), Shane Wolf studied at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence until 2009.  After teaching there for two years, he then moved to Paris. Shane Wolf only works from live models, drawing upon his knowledge of human anatomy and his imagination.

The international prizes and awards he has won include:

• 1st and 2nd prize for the Best Nude from the Art Renewal Center in New York (2013);

• gold medal, Salon de l’Académie Européenne des Arts (2013);

• medal from the Société des Artistes Français (2012) and from the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (2011);





Drawing supplies:

• sketch pad or drawing paper

• 1 or 2 full sheets of Canson Mi-Teinte paper (65x50cm) of a mid-tone value (i.e. Lichen, Lilas, Gris Perle, Chanvre Clair)

• graphite pencils: 2B, HB, 2H

• white chalk 

• 2 sanguine pencils

• vine charcoal (Nitram brand, their HB and B)

• 3 kneaded erasers

• tape or clamps for your paper

• something to sharpen your pencils

• fine grain sandpaper

• a small, handheld mirror

• a chamois cloth or soft cotton cloth

• several small makeup sponges (the wedge kind)

• a cheap bristle brush, about 2cm wide (filbert or flat)

• spray fixative

An important note about paining supplies: Due to their toxicity no solvent or turpentine is allowed during the workshop, neither for medium use nor for cleaning brushes. During these workshops brush cleaning will be done by soaking dirty brushes in vegetable oil (note: buy linseed oil in the hardware store wherever they sell wood treatment products; super cheap!) then cleaned with soap and water. If you've never cleaned your brushes in this manner not only is it nontoxic but it's also quite good for the bristles of the brushes.


Paints (feel free to use the brands you like; "Extra Fine" quality and not student grade or other cheapened versions):

• Titanium white and/or Lead white

• Yellow Ochre

• Cadmium Red

• Ivory Black

• Ultramarine blue: optional 

• Alizarin Crimson: optional


Paint Supplies:

• palette (NO white disposable palettes; if you like using disposable palettes, avoid white)

• medium cup(s)

• palette knife

• a small bottle of linseed oil, ideally cold pressed 

• a small bottle of dammar varnish 

• 2 small eye dropper bottles (used for dosing medium mixtures)

• paper towels or rags

• your favorite paintbrushes

• your joie de vivre

• a small bottle of linseed oil (something cheap)

• a jar to soak your brushes in

Canvas: note: all canvases need to be prepared with a neutral gray imprimatur prior to class (see the following instructions):

• 1 canvas up to 100 x 60cm; each student can ultimately decide the size of the final painting, so long as the canvas does not exceed 100 x 60cm (i.e. one can use a smaller canvas if so desired)

• at least 4 canvas approximately size 5F (35 x 27cm)

• at least 4 small canvases approximately size 0F (18 x 14cm)

• All canvases can either be in cotton or in linen, smooth, medium or heavy grain, mounted to panel, on stretcher bars, as a roll, etc, as you prefer. 

Canvas preparation:

All of the canvases for both weeks of this workshop need to be prepared ahead of time with an imprimatur: a very thin, diluted coat of paint that is applied to the entire surface of the canvas. Do your best to match the example color provided (of course each computer screen will have a slightly different variant of the color, and that’s ok; our goal here is to kill the white of the canvas with a relatively neutral, mid-tone gray).

For the imprimatur in OIL: A simple mixture of titanium white plus ivory black is all that is necessary for this gray. Once the proper value is mixed, dilute the paint with odorless mineral spirits or turpentine until the consistency is almost as liquid as that of house paint (this requires a lot of mineral spirits/turpentine). Using a house painting brush, scrub this paint very thinly over the totality of the canvas. Set the canvas aside for at least 5 days to dry.


For the imprimatur in ACRYLIC: Attention: only canvas prepared with a synthetic, universal ground can be prepared with an acrylic imprimatur; oil ground canvases cannot (If you're not certain if your canvas has a universal or oil ground, it is most likely a universal ground. Oil ground canvases are becoming a rarity, thus the far majority of canvases bought in mainstream art stores are universal ground.). The application process is the same as mentioned above, except the paint mixture is diluted with water instead of with odorless mineral spirits or turpentine. Dry time is reduced to just a few hours instead of days.




What's included 

Five days of tuition, end of workshop aperitif.

What's no included

Materials and accomodation.


The Paris Academy of Art is an approved atelier by the Art Renewal Center


Data sheet

July 15 > 19, 2019
78 rue Raspail - 92270 Bois-Colombes
5 days
9am to 12pm - 1pm to 4pm
15 places
English and French
Figure painting from preparatory drawing