March | Figure Painting Masterclass |Will Nathans

March | Figure Painting Masterclass |Will Nathans


24th & 25th March

10am - 4pm

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In this two day workshop students will work directly from a posed model and instructed in painting in oils how to model the human form under two distinct light sources. Working with natural light as well as warm artificial light students will be instructed to use colour and temperature to model form. The model will hold a two day pose allowing students to gain greater insight into the subtle gradations of flesh ,along with fabrics illuminated with light. Demonstrations and individual attention will be offered to the students helping to further their own understanding of oil painting technique. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

About Will:

William A. Nathans 

"To establish my career through the genres of portraiture and landscape painting within the tradition of representational oil painting. My main aspiration is to produce beautiful works of art and to establish myself as a premier portrait painter. I believe it is also my lifelong goal and responsibility to pass on the knowledge that I have gained within this great tradition to other generations as well as instill a solid work ethic and true devotion to the craft of painting and drawing. "


Sample of Work by Will Nathans


Materials List:

Oil paint
Titanium white
Cadmium YellowCadmium Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow
Cadmium red
Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre
Burnt Umber
Ultramarine BlueViridian Green Ivory Black
* optional: cadmium orange, Naples Yellow, Prussian Blue, cobalt blue.
** this is a recommended list but any order of paints or colours you use is fine.


Palette knife
Palette( no paper palettes please)
Good selection of bristle brushes and sable brushes, sizes ranging from 2-12
(Synthetic brushes are fine)
Medium cups
Medium : either 1/2  Turpentine and Stand Oil
 1/3  Turpentine 1/3 Dammar Varnish 1/3  Stand Oil
Mix up in a jar with lid



Gessoed Masonite Board sized 16x20 or 18x24 ( gesso a Masonite panel and sand between coats or purchase one and add a coat) try to get untempered Masonite or MDF board. The bigger the size board get a thicker one so it won't warp or add gesso to the back of it.


A stretched canvas. If it's a cheapy one then add a coat of gesso to it.

Sketchbook and pencil