Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Jim Peters The Figure: An Intimate or An Icon July 3 to July 8, 2016 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9AM-Noon Discipline: Painting OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

In our paintings, do we see see/identify the figure as an individual, maybe even an intimate, or do we desire the figure to be an icon or symbol representing a facet of humanity – the personal versus the universal? While painting this week, we will be analyzing the work of figurative artists (Pierre Bonnard, Alice Neel, Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dumas, Lucien Freud, Nicole Eisenman, Henri Matisse, Tracey Emin, Anselm Kiefer, etc) to see the intent of their figuration and how they visually accomplish this representation. In our paintings, we will experiment with the properties of space, scale, placement on the canvas, text/image, abstraction/realism, color, etc. to delve into the desired context of our own figure compositions. The week will be a workshop environment with individual one-on-one critiquing and model(s) available each day.

All mediums are acceptable, and all levels of experience are encouraged to participate.


Jim Peters graduated United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, in 1967, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (MS, Nuclear Engineering), and Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore,  (MFA, Painting). He has exhibited regularly in NYC and Provincetown, MA (Berta Walker Gallery). Awards include Fellowships at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (1982-1984), Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship (1999), and Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships/Grants (1985,1988,2002, 2008). He teaches drawing at the Rhode Island School Of Design.