Figure painting presents one of the most significant and difficult challenges posed by the curriculum. After the student has become proficient at drawing the figure, they progress into painting it, beginning with a grisaille palette before being launched into full colour studies. Special emphasis is placed on the significance of making preparatory studies before attempting a larger scale painting, allowing the student to gain confidence in their ability to approach complex problems in future works.
The grissaile palette consists of a white, Ivory Black, and Raw Umber. It removes the complications of mixing colour and allows the student a less steep learning curve during the transition from drawing to painting. The combination of Raw Umber and Ivory Black in varying amounts allows for a very slight manipulation of chroma and hue in order to introduce the concept of temperature contrasts in a painting.