Painting & Drawing

This structured course aims to give you a basic knowledge of the language of painting and drawing through fun exercises in a relaxed studio atmosphere.

Themes vary a little each term so you can practice, improve and develop your skills whilst investigating new subjects. Subjects include mostly still life, some portraiture and some landscape (summer term, weather permitting).

Course Content

Spring Term:

This term continues with more elaborate still life recreations inspired by historical and contemporary artists. Your tutor will set up two to three-week exciting still life re-creations inspired by artists of today; each with its own colour range and specific character. You can work from the same still life for two sessions or you can work from one still life in one session and the other still life the following session (you can decide depending on how fast you work). At the start of every set up you will produce preliminary studies focusing on composition using a viewfinder.

If you are a beginner to drawing & painting or a newcomer who wants to refresh your observational skills, this term’s course gives you the opportunity to begin with basics. You will draw from a range of simple objects in the first weeks. These objects will be set up alongside still life installations for returning, intermediate/advanced students who are painting. This brief observational exercise will prepare you and will give you the confidence to then move on and join the group to produce work from more elaborate still life arrangements so you can also develop your colour sense with pastels (best suited to the stage between drawing and painting) and then paint (where more organisation of materials is necessary). If you feel you are not ready for painting, you are very welcome to take this step in your development at a later stage or in a new term.

If you are a returning student or you are an intermediate or advanced learner this course will allow you to master your skills in painting and develop, and allow you to focus on your preferred individual style. You will continue where you left off, for example you will have the opportunity to interpret the subject in a more inventive way and experiment with new media such as water colours, acrylics, oils or mixed media. For ideas and extra inspiration still life installations are influenced by historical and contemporary artists through which you can try out and learn from the artist’s use of medium, mark making and composition.

After the half term, we will move on to a new subject- Portraiture and the Clothed Model (two or three week poses inspired by historical and contemporary portraits artists). Again, this subject begins with basic exercises firstly giving you the opportunity to learn observational skills through a range of fun portraiture exercises and then working from the clothed model for 2 or three week sessions (two or three week poses inspired by historical and contemporary portraits artists).

Summer Term:
More portraiture exercises and the Clothed Model (two or three week poses inspired by historical and contemporary portraits artists); after half term Landscape and Cityscapes around Richmond.

Autumn Term:
Drawing with Accuracy - simple objects and still life set ups and after half term an Introduction to Colour.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for all levels. It is a mixed ability level class, with some returning students. Beginners and newcomers are very welcome and will thrive in a mixed ability class because you can see what's possible and learn from fellow students. This course is also suitable for those looking to further develop their style. Your course tutor will guide you through each session and recommend strategies and approaches to achieve your aims.

The course will include a mini exhibition at the end of each session giving you the opportunity to discuss your work and give and receive group feedback in a friendly environment. You will feel proud of your achievements whatever your level.

First Class Requirements

Willow charcoal, putty rubber, plastic rubber(for pencil), hairspray (fixative spray), masking tape and A1 cartridge paper.
Paper can be bought in the class room.

Please note: The model fees for portraiture sessions in terms 2 & 3 are included in the course fees

Attendance Requirements

It is advisable to attend the class regularly as some classes will be based on previous knowledge and experience, however, if you miss a class the tutor will do the best he/she can to fill in the gaps

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment for this course, but your progress will be monitored via group and individually tuition, demonstrations and corrections, visual presentations and handouts via Moodle. You will be taught by tutor-led discussions. You will be given regular verbal feedback with suggestions as to how you could improve your work.

Additional Information

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