Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Figure Painting II Drawing & Painting the Figure II July 21 to July 26, 2019 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-12pm Discipline: Painting OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

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. Larry Collins teaches drawing on Monday & Tuesday; Forrest Williams teaches painting on Wednesday & Thursday. Friday brings both faculty together for a collaborative teaching day. Includes mid-week conversation with Collins & Williams on the Art of the Figure. See website for faculty workshop descriptions, bios & materials list.

Monday, Tuesday & Friday: Larry Collins – Drawing
We will focus on some basic but often overlooked skills necessary for producing successful objective figure drawings. Proportion, basic structures and anatomical landmarks, and skills for measuring, drawing cylinders, and modeling forms in light and shade will be covered. Using charcoal on paper and a live model, we will begin to combine what we know with what we see.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Forrest Williams – Painting
Instruction in painting from the live model. Students will be encouraged to create a basic palette from observation of the model, using oil paint. Setting up a composition on either canvas or panel (student’s choice) will be considered. Students will receive individual instruction as they develop a figurative painting from observation. We will emphasize the basic forms of the figure as well as value and light and shadow. Students are encouraged to arrive with a pre-tinted (and dry) canvas or panel, which will provide a ready-made ground upon which to build the painting.


Larry Collins was raised in Del City, Ok. After receiving his BFA from the University of Oklahoma, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. During the war he served as an infantryman and a combat illustrator. Collins received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1980. He has exhibited internationally and his paintings, drawings, photographs and artist’s books are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, International Center of Photography, Sheldon Art Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum, Worcester Art Museum, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, among others. He has collaborated on limited-edition books with poets Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Eileen Myles.

Forrest Williams is a figurative painter who has shown his work in San Francisco, New York, Portland, Montreal, and for numerous summers at Provincetown's AMP gallery. He studied at the New York Academy of Art and lives and works in both New York City and Provincetown.