ONSITE: Drawing + Painting the Figure

Develop skills that will allow you to convey accurate proportions of the human figure. Begin by drawing in graphite and charcoal, then move into oil painting, which is great for exploring volume and fluidity. We’ll discuss paint and color mixing, media and application techniques.

Special Notes

  • Previous drawing and painting experience is recommended. You will draw from live, nude models during this class.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

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About the Instructor

Tommy Van Auken

Thomas Van Auken decided to be an artist when he was drawing a horse in the first grade. Since then, he has focused on drawing and painting, working and experimenting with a variety of materials, especially oil paint. He studied at the Corcoran School of Fine Art, and has shown in a number of galleries including 2nd Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA, and Joan Wich and Co in Houston, TX. In Richmond, he has shown at Eric Schindler Gallery several times over the past 20 years. He began teaching at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in 2003.

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ONSITE: Drawing + Painting the Figure

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September 13 - November 16:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $245.00
Member Tuition: $220.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Tommy Van Auken
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced