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Contemporary painting for beginners - Nottingham Trent University

Painting by Miklos Ladanyi-Toth

Duration: Monday to Friday, 10 am - 4 pm

Price: £475

Contact: Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University

50 Shakespeare Street

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Monday 10th August 2020

About the Course

This course will appeal to beginners who are less interested in traditional approaches to landscape and figure painting who want to explore their creativity through innovative practical projects.

It’ll introduce you to contemporary, expressive approaches, giving you the skills and techniques to continue painting between sessions and long after the course.

You'll learn about the world of contemporary painting, combining practical assignments with art theory in order for you to make work that challenges your thinking around colour, shape, contrast, composition, gesture and more.

You’ll explore a number of themes and styles that have developed by famous artists, such as:

Abstract composition: you’ll begin by abstracting and simplifying an image, photograph or still life, creating a new composition

Understanding colour: after drawing and zooming-in, you’ll work with colour in a new and less naturalistic way

Realistic montage: you’ll produce a range of drawings and learn how elements can be re-composed into a successful painting

The landscape of montage: you’ll create monochrome scenes which, when viewed closely, will be composed of diverse shades of contrasting colours

Large op-art still life: by viewing objects through grids, you’ll create totally abstract black and white paintings

Camouflage painting: you’ll analyse camouflage in everyday life, where objects and figures dissolve into their environment

Simultanism: here you’ll intermingle two or more images simultaneously by identifying recurring patterns.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to think about painting in a contemporary way.

You’ll have a better understanding of modern art history and how artists have created work in the past, and the inspiration to continue developing your own painting style into the future.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Tutor profile: Miklós Ladányi-Tóth is an artist who gained his fine art doctorate from the University of Pecs in Hungary.

He has taught painting in a number of colleges and universities in Hungary, where he won the prestigious Strabag Painting prize in 2007.

Miklos has exhibited work at Surface Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary, as well as various shows in Hungary since 2000.

Click through above to book your place online.

Modern accommodation is available a short walk from our studios and is available to those booked on to a summer school course for an additional fee.

Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.

If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition with experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 14.

Want to review this course?

This course was very disappointing. The description & exercises looked excellent & the bronze award and good review encouraged me to enrol. I now see the previous review was written three years ago & the course has changed since then. This recent course was poorly organised & the instructions were confusing. I believe there are structured & inspirational ways to teach this subject matter, even though it’s not as easily defined.

- - #24296

Response from Nottingham Trent University:

Hi. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the course this summer. It’s one that has run in the past over five Saturdays very successfully (this was the first time we tried it as part of our intensive summer programme). We had good feedback from some students, but because we’re always looking at ways to improve our offer we are considering aiming this existing course at beginners (with some adjustments), and designing something that might appeal to a more experienced audience in the future.

I had a fab week on this course during the summer. Jason was an excellent tutor - very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I was able to create a wide range of ceramics, using traditional methods and new technology. There was freedom on the course to explore any direction that you wanted to go on, using the vast array of state of the art equipment at NTU.

I really enjoyed the week, I learnt loads and enjoyed having the time and freedom to play and explore. The amount we got to make and the materials we used certainly made it excellent value for money. I would wholeheartedly recommend.

- - #5864

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  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair friendly

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