MASTERCLASS - Painting the Figure From Life with Ingrid Christensen - September 2016


Ingrid Christensen provided two intense days of figure painting that highlighted her impressionistic oil techniques.  She offered an insight to her lush, vibrant oil portraits while working from a live model. 

Students learned about the amazing and powerful connections that link the body together in a graceful gesture. They discovered the liberating fact that you can throw away pencils and grids, and capture the most complex poses accurately, with only a brush and a squint.

Using group demonstrations and individual instruction, Ingrid helped students solve the mysteries of flesh tones, body proportion, and light temperature.

They worked on both short studies and longer poses over the course of the workshop, developing confidence in both the layering technique, and the ability to render a figure with their brush.



Ingrid Christensen is a Canadian Impressionist painter working in oil.  Inspired by the complex rendering of light in French and Russian Impressionism, and by the bravura brushwork of painters such as Zorn, Sorolla and Sargent, Ingrid strives to meld both into her own, unique style. Her subjects are figures and still life, with a special interest in images of figures in water.

Ingrid's bold and colourful paintings have won honours and awards in both national and international exhibitions, and she has been featured in Arabella, and International Artist magazines. Ingrid teaches oil painting workshops in Canada and Mexico, and she is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and Oil Painters of America. Her work is represented in galleries in Western Canada and Portland, Maine.