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Course Description

Discover why oil paint is so perfect for conveying the shimmer and translucency of all living creatures, as you investigate the profound psychological power of incorporating animals and people into your image making. Elizabeth shares her process for painting people and animals starting with a mini-anatomy bootcamp painting skulls, before moving into layering transparent and opaque pigments, creating a likeness, and constructing a cohesive environment for your subject matter. You may work from your own photo reference, or use one provided in class. Although the focus will be on naturalism, you may work in any style, whether you are painting a portrait, fantasy, or animals in the wild. Intermediate to advanced levels.

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.


All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

Painting Faces, Fur, and Feathers 18+

Elizabeth Congdon

Elizabeth Congdon is an oil painter best known for her floral still lifes and plein-air landscapes. She received her BA in Art at University of California at Santa Cruz, and her MFA with honors in Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design. She grew up in New York City, and later moved to Jamestown, RI, where she co-founded the Jamestown Arts Center. She has been a member of the AAN since 1998, and now is the Director of Adult Programming. She is represented on Nantucket by Robert Foster Fine Art.
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