Kristy Gordon’s paintings hang in over 500 public and private collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection. She has been a full-time, professional painter since 2004, exhibiting her work internationally and earning numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2010, 2013, 2015), an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014), and was a finalist for the Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture (2008, 2013). She holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Gordon has nine years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America.
Contemporary Figure Painting
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9am - 12pm
Learn to create unique and personal paintings while working from a live model. This class engages students in a studio practice that explores the technical and theoretical creation of works of art. There will be a mixed focus on portraiture and nude figure painting throughout the semester. The course will progress from observation and analysis of painting the live model, to the integration of imagination and personal expression into your work. Students will be encouraged to utilize omposition, color, cropping, and context to develop their own visual language in their work. Classes will include demonstrations, discussions and individual instruction at the easel. Discussions and handouts will cover the stages to developing a painting, comparative measuring, proportion, and structure, as well as appropriation and the use of photography as reference material. Open to all levels.
Constructing the Figure
1pm - 4pm
Learn to construct solid and anatomically correct figure and portrait drawings. Through lectures, demonstrations and individual instruction this course will cover the anatomical, structural and surface forms of the head and figure. Participant will be taken through a range of short and long poses to explore the gesture as well as the creation of highly finished drawings. There will be an emphasis on proportion, tone, structure and light on form. Drawing is the foundation of many forms of visual expression and by concentrating on the foundational principles of drawing the figure students will expand their knowledge through direct observation of the live model. Open to all levels.