Beginner’s intensive workshop

This is an intensive all-day workshop (6 hours long) designed to help students get started with professional body painting. You will learn everything that you need to know to start painting on your own. We will also include a body painting kit which you will use in class and continue to use for doing body painting after class.

koi fish body painting by Danny Setiawan

Koi: what you will paint in class

What you will learn

  • Body painting tools and materials
  • Body painting safety
  • Working with model
  • Creating a body painting design
  • Laying out design on the body
  • Blending colors


This workshop is divided into 2 parts:

Part I : Introduction

  • Materials, professional etiquette and safety
  • Painting Koi fish : students paint each other, then switch roles.
  • Part II : Creative collaboration

    • Creating body painting design – basics
    • Painting your own design : collaborate with another student to paint your design on a model

    What to bring

      • Backless top
        For women who are not comfortable being topless, bring/wear a backless top.
      • Your lunch
        To optimize your time in class, you will design your own painting while eating lunch.
      • Colored pencils/markers
        You will be drawing your own designs, please bring something to draw and color with

    Good to know

      • Space limited to 10 students to make sure each student gets individual attention from the instructor, with 2 students minimum to hold the class
      • In this class, we will be using regular brushes, not airbrush
      • You will both paint and get painted
      • Studio location in Long Island City, NY
      • No art/painting experience required