Drawing & Painting the Figure I

Figure Painting 1's picture
Jo Hay & Michael Prodanou
Week 1: June 9 to June 14
ORIENTATION: June 9, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: June 10-14, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Painting, Drawing
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

This workshop is part of our Visual Arts Duet Series.

Two of Provincetown’s favorite artists join us as faculty for a weeklong workshop devoted to drawing and painting the figure. Michael Prodanou teaches drawing on Monday & Tuesday; Jo Hay teaches painting on Wednesday & Thursday. Friday brings both faculty together for a collaborative teaching day. Includes mid-week conversation with Hay & Prodanou on the Art of the Figure.

Monday, Tuesday & Friday: Michael Prodanou - Drawing the Figure
Edgar Degas wrote, “…art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” This workshop applies this idea to drawing the figure. We will explore drawing as a continuous process pushing the tools we use to create an original idea and image. 

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Jo Hay - Painting the Figure
This well-structured class deals with the importance of being able to see and execute the simple geometric forms that make up the figure to successfully provide a solid foundation for any painting style. Initially, several line drawings will be made in charcoal to familiarize the student with the class goal. Moving then to oil paint, and using only the primary colors students will focus on cohesive color mixing to consciously block in the figure going on to resolve the painting as far as possible within the class time frame. Clear instruction will be given throughout each stage and student discussion of all topics related to the class will be encouraged to enhance the group learning experience.


Born in 1964 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, Jo Hay has a BA in Graphic Design from Middlesex University, London UK. Hay has worked as a magazine art director in London and New York. She attended painting classes at the Art Student's League of New York and earned an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. She lives and paints in Provincetown, MA.

Michael Prodanou, a trained architect, began drawing and painting in 2000. His influences include Egon Shiele and the German Expressionists as well as Bay Area figure painters David Park and Nathan Olivera. Prodanou has had exhibitions at Rossetti Fine Arts in Ft. Lauderdale and in Provincetown at The School House Gallery, PAAM and The Fine Arts Work Center. He teaches in Provincetown and Ft. Lauderdale.