Painting from Observation (F18-DP211.KITSON)

New York Academy of Art, NY, NY
Saturday Afternoons from 2-5pm, September 15 – December 8

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Working from two extended figure model poses, this course examines multiple painting strategies and techniques. Guided by lectures, weekly class demonstrations, and personalized demonstrations, students will create observational paintings while studying material considerations, problem solving, “finishing”, as well as anatomy, tone, gesture, proportion, perspective, and a strong emphasis on perceptual color relationships. This course is designed for the student wishing to improve their oil painting and observational skillsets.


Strategic Drawing (F18-D208.KITSON)

New York Academy of Art, NY, NY
Saturday Mornings from 10am-1pm, September 15 – December 8

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Beginning with drawing from the historic plaster casts in the Academy’s collection and transitioning to the live model, this course examines multiple drafting strategies for both long and short poses. Guided by lectures, weekly class demonstrations, and personalized demonstrations, students will create observational drawings while studying material considerations, problem solving, “finishing”, as well as anatomy, tone, gesture, proportion, and perspective. This course is designed for the student wishing to improve their drawing skills or to build a portfolio of work.


Figure and Portrait Painting (CE 304)

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA
Mondays, September 10 - October 15, 6 - 9PM

PCA&D Fall 2018 Continuing Education Schedule

In this course you will complete a number of oil paintings and studies from the live figure model with a focus on gesture, proportion, perspective, and color. Figure anatomy will be discussed, as well as contemporary observational color theory and it's application in oil painting from life. Multiple figure pose strategies will be demonstrated with oil paint, and two portraits will be completed, one with an anatomical focus, and another with a focus on design. *The first half of this course will make use of the live nude figure model.


Figure Sculpting (CE 159)

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA
Tuesdays, September 11 - October 16, 6 - 9PM

PCA&D Fall 2018 Continuing Education Schedule

In this course we will be completing a number of figurative sculptures and anatomical studies from observation of the live figure model. Working with either air-dry clay or oil-based clay, we will cover strategies for composition sketches, an anatomical skull study, a portrait, and both short and long full figure poses. We will be covering structural figure anatomy with an emphasis on how form impacts function, and how we can engage with gesture as a rhythmic element within our designs. *Half of this course will be making use of nude figure models.


Private Instruction

D. M. Stallings Studio, Lancaster, PA
Various Times

I'm available to take on two students for the fall semester
Contact by Email for Information: ekitson@gmail.com

My Approach to Teaching:
I convey larger concepts though the presentation of lectures and demonstrations each week, which is then followed up by working one-on-one with the students as they work on that week's assignment in a studio setting. I supplement the lecture/demonstration with personalized demonstrations for each student as I go around the room, giving a more personal insight to their concerns as they work. I also bring in books, supplies, and physical samples to each class in order to provide the student with a more well-rounded understanding of the material which is being covered during that week. Emphasis is placed on gesture, proportion, perspective.