This course is ideal for those people new to acrylics and those with some experience.
It will cover the basic tenets of acrylics; the materiality of the paint, the support (board, canvas, paper or other) and the tools required to create different effects.
Throughout the course there will be a range of practical activities and inspiring projects for you to engage with, supported by demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques.
On this course, you will:
- complete colour mixing exercises
- apply paint through traditional methods using a range of brushes
- move on to more inventive mark-making with palette knives (to create impasto effects), as well as dripping and pouring diluted paint.
You will be encouraged to assemble images and identify your own potential subject matter, and reflect on your approach to acrylics between sessions.
You will have the opportunity to engage with the basic handling of materials and processes through a selection of tried and tested exercises, and you will be encouraged to look closely and respond to your own environment and cultural experience when realising a project.
This is a practical course and the subject is underpinned by theory and art historical references.
The course introduction will include a brief overview of the relatively new tradition of acrylic.
However, the focus will soon shift to contemporary uses of acrylic and artists using this medium will be explored and researched.
The course is anchored in the stuff of acrylic painting; whilst the focus is on acrylic paint as a specialised medium, there will be opportunities to experiment – e.g. using it as mixed media and/or with collage techniques.
What will I gain?
By the end of the course you will have created a portfolio of new, innovative work.
The course could also be a means to progress within fine art into different materials or approaches.
Level: Open to all
Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some painting experience are welcome.
Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.
You'll find bright drawing and painting studio and workshop spaces to develop your ideas and create exciting work.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Chris Lewis-Jones (autumn term) is an artist/flaneur who travels across disciplines, media and contexts.
He is based at Primary in Nottingham, but is also an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary.
Although his work has been influenced by the theory and practice of psycho-geography, drawing remains central to his practice, and he is never without a sketchbook!
In addition to enjoying analytical drawing, Chris also explores expressionistic approaches to mark making and has been commissioned to undertake drawing performances at galleries and other venues across the country.
Margot Shores (spring term) has taught drawing and painting at the Royal Academy as well as schools and various universities and colleges.
In addition to her BA and MA in Fine Art she has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training.
Margot’s expertise lies in providing a studio situation in which everyone can achieve their individual goals.
She specialises in experiential learning and questioning to enhance students creativity, offering a platform from which students own art can be launched.
As a practising fine artist, Margot focuses on drawing and painting and undertakes commissions.
Click through above to book your place online.
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Maximum class size: 14
10 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)
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