Hull Art Academy

1404 W. Hebron Parkway #100,

Carrollton, Texas 75010

Mary Hull




Jennifer Balkan

January 25-27, 2019


Figure Painting

in Oils, Exploring the

intensity of color

with a limited palette




All levels of painters with life drawing experience

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In this class, students will improve upon their overall approach to painting the figure with an emphasis on brush control, paint mixing, and color harmony. We will approach painting by learning to see our environment as composed of simple shapes and values, laydown shadow and light masses with confident brushwork which will lead to stronger visual statements and weightier painting. Students will work from a model, beginning with short poses in monochrome and gradually work up to longer sessions in full color enabling them to make quicker decisions leading to a more intuitive approach when handling the paint. This class is designed for all levels of painters who have life drawing experience. Jennifer Balkan will be doing demonstrations throughout the workshop and students will be working from a live model.


Our goal is to see the figure as an abstract composite of dark and light shapes (values) in order to create a strong value statement and to get it proportionally accurate, both of which will contribute to a compelling composition and statement of light and shadow. We will begin our study doing simple three-value shades using a monochromatic palette in order to focus solely on values.  We will later discuss color; specifically, some color theory, color harmony and choosing a palette. We will mix paint together, afterwards we will do limited palette studies, beginning with very short poses and increasing time.



Jennifer is originally from new Jersey in between the Holland Tunnel and the Jersey Shore. She studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Leigh University in Pennsylvania. She later worked in Seattle serving the mentally ill and developmentally disabled population. From Seattle she moved to Austin to study Latin American Sociology at the University of Texas. After working several years as a Social Scientist, she threw herself into oil painting and now paints fervently.



Artist Statement

My paintings are emotionally based psychological narratives where the details lie in planes of color. I choose to exaggerate color, in a sense break up a color field into its constitute colors, directing the viewer to particular areas by applying juicy bits of heavily saturated color. I strive to capture emotional states more than anything else, purposefully laying strokes down to create the illusion of an outer physical topography that houses an inner one of the soul. Though it is a cerebral concept that motivates me, the process of painting is superior to all else. Once I begin a painting, my interaction with the panel takes on a life of its own; it transcends whatever I can actually say about the painting once it is finished. Like some kind of meditation, I always hope to remain in this state during the entirety of my painting experience though life’s chatter gets in the way at times. When I can exist in that sweet place for much of the time when I am painting, I can say that my work is honest.



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•  canvas boards/panels/canvas paper

•  If you are using inexpensive pre-primed canvas or canvas board, be sure to add a couple of coats of acrylic gesso to it and sand it lightly so that you’ll have better less absorbent surface to paint on.

•  12 9”x12”s

•  3 12”x16”’s

•  Palette please bring in a clean palette, flat, wooden or melamine (melamine is easier to clean)

•  steel palette knife (3" trowel)  (glass palettes are provided at the Hull Art Academy)

•  odorless mineral spirits

•  Gamsol and Turpenoid Natural are good less toxic solvents

•  container for your mineral spirits

•  *pocket mirror

•  Value viewer of some kind: here is one

•  http://www.jerrysartarama.com/gray-scale-and-value-finder

•  "The Masters'" Brush Cleaner & Preserver

•  Small container of linseed or walnut oil

•  Brushes – assorted

•  Try hog and synthetic blend

•  Filbert 2, 4, 6, 8

•  Flat 2, 4, 6, 8

•  Oil colors  (please use professional grade)

•  Titanium white (large tube)

•  Winsor yellow

•  Winsor red

•  Ultramarine blue

•  raw umber

•  transparent oxide red sometimes called transparent earth red


(All of these supplies are available for sale at the Hull Art Academy)


Please do not bring any Lavender oils or scents to the workshops, a staff member is allergic.


Light Breakfast and Beverages will be served.





FALL Semester II:  NOV 4 - Dec 21, 2019

Winter Semester:  Jan 6 - Feb 22, 2020

Spring I:   Feb. 24 - April 18, 2020

Spring II:   April 20 - June 6, 2020

Summer:   June 8 - Aug. 1, 2020

Fall I:    Aug. 3 - Sept. 19, 2020

Fall II:   Sept. 21 - Nov 7, 2020

Mini Winter session: Nov 9 - Dec. 19, 2020

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1404 W. Hebron Parkway #100, Carrollton, Texas 75010