This class will focus on painting the clothed model, with special attention to developing the model's “identity” through both portraiture and description of the environment/space in which they exist. The mood or interpretation of a painting can be influenced by many elements such as color, composition, tonality, choice of of objects (to paint or not to paint), deep or shallow space, and of course the pose of the model. Differences in paint application, surface texture, and expressive distortion will be explored as methods to enhance portraiture and identity and mood. We will discuss the work of several figurative artists including Alice Neel, Edgar Degas, Lucian Freud, Pierre Bonnard, Gwen John, and Marlene Dumas. Specific demonstrations and individual critiquing of works-in-progress will honor the "give and take" that is essential to the creative process. All painting mediums welcome. Students can choose to develop a painting from a photograph, but will be encouraged to explore techniques and ideas through work with the model present.