James Dougherty, Dover-Kohl’s Director of Design, attended The Classic Figure in Oil – a Modern Approach. This four-day course, taught by world-renowned artist Robert Liberace, was held at The Southern Atelier in Sarasota, FL. James completed seven exercises focused on analyzing the form and structure of the human figure to produce compositions using the alla prima method of direct painting. The alla prima method was popularized by the Impressionists, but is equally useful for producing the careful modeling seen in Classical painting. The study of figurative art has long been an important component of architectural study, for its emphasis on the principles and process of composing with illuminated forms.