Portrait and Figure in Watercolor: curiosity and awareness, Section I – D05W01-20

Date: Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2020

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Brian Shure

Price Option(s):
$450 — Reduced Tuition (COVID-19 Artist Relief Offer)
$1,095 — Full Price Tuition (For those able to pay at this time)

Students may choose to pay the Reduced Tuition or the Full Price Tuition. Additional need-based scholarships available upon request.


Bring the face and figure to life with the transparency and immediacy of watercolor. This extremely expressive media can also be highly controlled. Students work from life as well as photographic sources in this deceivingly direct paint medium. With daily online demonstrations via video conferencing and a series of simple and accessible studio exercises that can be done from home, students develop skills controlling resoluble colors, reserving and pulling back highlights and maintaining brilliant and delicate tones that are unique to water-based media.


Under-drawing pencil and light brushwork, Using a transfer grid, Stretching/flattening larger paper, Transparent gum-based colors in tube and cake form, Gouache, Wet- and dry-brush, The laying of tint washes, scumbling, fine tone modulation


Brian Shure is represented by Planthouse Gallery in New York, where he curated the 2018 show Bathing. He has taught at RISD, Brown and Cornell and conducted classes in China, Japan, Mexico and Germany. He is Master Printer, Director of Anderson Ranch Editions and Chair of the Patton-Malott Gallery at Anderson Ranch.


Additional Information: Five day virtual classes generally meet Monday – Friday from 9-10:30AM (MST) for one to two hours of group class time via Zoom Video Conferencing software (download free from Zoom.com) and then have one-on-one sessions in the afternoons from Monday – Thursday 1-4PM.

An Anderson Ranch staff member co-teaches the class and coordinates the online platform. There can be a group critique Friday afternoon to wrap up the class.

Brian Shure - Portrait and Figure

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