Painting the Live Figure

Tana Quincy
6 Sessions »Saturdays, January 27–March 3

10am–1pm | Fort Mason Campus, Suite 26 | $295

Prerequisite: Previous painting experience is recommended.

Materials List

This course will focus on the human body, and how to capture and enhance dynamic forms while channeling your own concepts into water and oil-based paintings. We will create simple to more elaborate scenes with the live model, and you will be encouraged to work in both representational and abstract modes. Grounding our own paintings, we will spend time looking at historical and contemporary artists who work with figurative subject matter to serve as inspiration. Class-time will be split between lecture, demonstration, and plenty of studio time so that you walk away with two complete paintings.


NOTE: We are excited to have this class meet at SFAI's new Fort Mason Campus, at Pier 2 inside Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Herbst Pavillion, 10 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123). Close to the course start date, you will receive detailed directions of how to get to your classroom space. If you have any questions, please call: 415-749-4554 or e-mail:

Registration for this course is now Closed.

Tana Quincy's work re-examines the use of utilitarian materials from the vantage point of a painter. Her unconventional approach is as much about acquiring new forms of media and reinventing process as it is about composition and mark-making. Her paintings explore the dialogue between substrate and surface. Quincy has had several solo exhibitions in the Midwestern United States, and has shown nationally from New York City to San Francisco. After receiving her MFA in figurative painting from the New York Academy of Art, she taught studio art at the college level for four years. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.