Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Figure Painting 1 Drawing & Painting the Figure June 21 to June 26, 2020 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-12pm Discipline: Painting OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

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; Laura Shabott teaches painting on Wednesday & Thursday. Friday brings both faculty together for a collaborative teaching day. Includes mid-week conversation with Prodanou and Shabott 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: Laura Shabott – Painting the Figure
In the second part of this exciting course, you will deepen your understanding of the
underpinnings of post-figurative expression and how to make a good painting. With the model as our prompt, guided exercises in composition, color, form and concept will reveal what you are wanting to say with this medium. We will learn collectively, through compassionate and insightful group critiques, what makes your art unique and what direction to take after the course.



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.


Laura Shabott is a graduate from SMFA at TUFTS. Emily Mergel of Artscope Magazine writes “[the artist] continually draws inspiration from abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann and breaks forms into their most evocative essential…she seizes the opportunity to burst the gallery walls, speaking with intentional gesture in visual vocabulary all her own.” Shabott has had multiple solo shows at Four Eleven Gallery and exhibits widely on Cape Cod. She lives with her husband in Provincetown.