Dynamic Design and Composition of the Human Figure by Leo Plaw


The three and half day workshop will be conducted by Leo Plaw, and held at VATA on 25-28 September (Friday from 18-21 pm and Sat-Sun-Mon from 9:30 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:30). Class size will be from 8 to 12 participants. Teaching will be in English and German.

Painting the human figure has its own unique challenges. Students will be guided through composing and finishing a dynamic figure painting in the direct painting method using a limited oil palette. Students will be shown the principles of dynamic composition with the human figure as the central axis. Following a flexible grid system to transfer the image to canvas, the painting progresses to an initial value statement and then blocking in colors. This method allows for more expression in the painting, and adjustment on the fly. Special attention is paid to proportions, values, edges and lastly color. Leo will guide each student, offering input on technique, tools and materials handling.

Bio: Leo is an Australian self-taught artist in many creative fields. He has had studios in Brisbane, Sydney, London, Berlin and Vienna and his work has been exhibited internationally. After a career in computer graphics, game and animation, he began immersing himself in oil painting. In 2003, Leo left Australia and settled in Europe. In 2008 he travelled to Kyoto to exhibit with a Japanese art collective, with whom he exhibited in subsequent years in Paris. After a number of years in Berlin where he had a studio in the Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, he based his activities out of Vienna. His artwork has been published in many books and magazines and resides in many private art collections. At international festivals such as Boom, Ozora and Earth Frequency, he has presented as a featured artist with lectures and workshops. You can see some of Leo’s work on https://www.instagram.com/leoplaw/

Fee: The course covering will be 280 Euros for the 3.5 days. A 10% early-bird discount will be provided for those paying half the fee two weeks before the start of the course.

How to register: By sending an email to info@viennaatelier.at

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