The human figure in oils


July 8 > 12, 2019

5 days tuition

30 hours

12 places are available for each workshops.

Teaching is conducted in English.

Below 50% of participants the course is canceled.

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

Tax included


July 8 > 12, 2019 - 5 days tuition - 30 hours

The human figure in oils 





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

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Medium: Oil on canvas or panel

Class size: 8 to 15 students

Language: English

Schedule: 9 am > 12 am / 1 pm > 4 pm




This 5 day workshop will focus on the fundamental principles essential to achieve a convincing three-dimensional representation of the human figure in oils. Participants will establish the importance of prioritizing the use of structure and anatomy to accurately build a solid foundation and successfully orchestrate form and color relationships.  These principles will be analyzed through a series of exercises beginning with gesture and block-ins continuing through to a long pose with the opportunity to apply the principles practiced. Utilizing short poses offers the opportunity to rapidly prioritize the information necessary for each stage. Moving through to a longer pose provides the opportunity to methodically develop accurate proportion, structure, value range and form. The workshop is highlighted with demonstrations of these methods and concepts accompanied by question and answer sessions. The workshop format accommodates students of all levels who enjoy working from life.






Stephen Early is a classically trained figure and portrait painter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stephen has received many awards for his work, including 2017 Semi-Finalist, Figurativas Painting & Sculpture Competition, Barcelona Spain, 2012 Finalist, 14th Annual International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America, "Honorable Mention" in the International 2010-2011 ARC Salon, "Honorable Mention" Salmagundi Club 34th Annual Exhibition, 2011 Finalist, Figure Now/Exhibition at Fontebonne University Fine Arts Gallery, St. Louis, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Juried Show and Competition, Scottsdale Arizona, 2010 Certificate of Excellence, 12th Annual International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America, 2008 Certificate of Excellence, 10th Annual International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America, Stephen was commissioned to participate in the project entitled “Star Wars: Visions” by George Lucas. He was also featured as one of the "12 Artists to Watch in 2012", in the December/January issues of American Artist magazine and is a featured artist in the Spring 2011 issue of American Painter Video Magazine.  

Early has exhibited his work nationally at the Principle gallery, Gallery 1261-Denver, Manitou Galleries-Santa Fe, S.R. Brennen Fine Art, Egeli gallery, Dacia Gallery NY, Freeman's Auction house, Adam Cave Fine Art, Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, The Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio, Forbes Magazine Gallery in New York City, and the Union League of Philadelphia, among others. His work is also included many private collections. 






(Silver Brush brand is recommended) 

Bristle Filbert # 2 (at least 2)
Bristle Filbert #4 (at least 2)  

Winsor & Newton University Round Brush #2  

Available at 


Viva Paper Towels – Viva is a Kleenex brand, and is recommended. 


Odorless mineral spirits in container with lid.  ODORLESS SPIRITS ARE REQUIRED.


Stand Oil (Gamblin) odorless mineral spirits. ODORLESS SPIRITS ARE REQUIRED.

A baseball cap, visor or hat with a brim can prove useful to reduce glare.


5 - 16 x 20” canvases
Be prepared to use about 5 toned 16 x 20” canvases. Within the five day workshop, we will be doing several exercises and re-using canvases. Plan to save examples of these paintings for your reference.  You will need one 16 x 20 canvases for the long pose. All supports must be toned in advance. Cotton, linen supports are acceptable.

On pre-stretched, pre-primed canvas, use a brush to apply one to two coats of Golden Acrylic N6 Neutral Gray paint diluted with water. The mixture ratio is approximately two parts water to one part paint. To apply the tone, first cover the entire surface of the canvas with the mixture using a 2 or 3-inch wide brush. When the surface is completely covered, ensure the paint surface is smooth by lightly dragging the brush through the paint from one edge to the other across the entire surface. The finished canvas should have a uniform smooth gray finish. Do not apply paint too thick as it reduces the canvas absorbency and makes it more difficult to apply the paint evenly.


Large palette - at least 11” x 14”
The palette must be treated to prevent paint absorption from the paint. 


Professional grade paints are required. Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Old Holland, Williamsburg or Vasari are recommended. Winton or other student grade paint is not recommended.
Please bring all the required colors.

• Burnt umber

• Burnt Sienna 

• Pthalo Turquiose

• Cerulean Blue

• Viridian Green

• Cadmium Green

• Cadmium Green Pale (Winsor&newton) 

• Raw Sienna

• Indian Yellow

• Cadmium Yellow

• Cadmium orange

• Cadmium Scarlet 

• Cadmium Red 

• Permanent Rose

• Quinacridone Magenta 

• Dioxazine Purple 

• Titanium White 

• Cremnitz white (old Holland recommended)






What's included 

Five days of tuition.

What's no included

Materials and accomodation.




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


Data sheet

July 8 > 12, 2019
78 rue Raspail - 92270 Bois-Colombes
5 days
9am to 12pm - 1pm to 4pm
15 places
The human figure in oils