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About the Course
On this structured course you will be guided in techniques for experimenting with a range of painting and drawing materials to help identify and express your ideas.
Do you have some painting experience but want to develop your individual artistic expression? This practical course offers guidance in techniques for exploring a range of painting and drawing materials which help you to identify your approach and express ideas effectively.
The sensuous aspects of materials are enjoyed throughout the course. These include oil or acrylic paint on canvas, board or paper; charcoal; graphite; oil pastels; collage materials; inks or mixed media. The distinct qualities of various paints and surfaces are experienced through practical experiments: for example, acrylic stains into canvas will produce effects which are markedly different from expressive marks made with buttery oil paint, each of which can be used in individually expressive ways.
Observational exercises develop confidence in looking, in the use of expressive tone and colour, composition and balance, dramatic space and scale.
Termly projects responding to set or self-selected themes help develop and refine your personal vision for painting.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Generate a resource of skills for exploring and developing individual themes and expressing ideas effectively
Confidently use a range of painting and drawing media with a variety of tools, surfaces and techniques
Evaluate your own work in terms of its progress and its successes and weaknesses
Work expressively with line and confidently generate composition
Observe and depict tone using varied media
Mix colours using a range of different methods
Class format and activities
Experimental and traditional approaches to painting and drawing are explored.
Exercises are introduced to develop observational skills, dexterity and confidence.
Techniques are demonstrated for a variety of media including oil and acrylic paints, oil pastels, inks, collage, graphite or charcoal.
The sensuous qualities produced with varied surfaces, tools or paints are investigated. For example, working with acrylic paint on unprimed (‘raw’) canvas, exploring methods for staining, masking and layering as well as wet into wet mark-making. Or painting on smoothly-primed surfaces with oil paint, using rag as a tool to drag back to the primed surface for a dramatic tonal painting.
Guided group and individual projects give opportunities for working for extended periods using one or several painting techniques. Examples of projects have been:
• “Self-depiction” – exploring ideas of self-portrait through memory, appearance, sound, smell etc.
• “Transposition” – generating a painting using a work of art or object in a museum as a starting point.
• “Man-made / Natural” – developing studies towards paintings through observation of two objects, one man-made, one natural, chosen for their aspects of similarity or contrast.
Sketchbooks or visual worksheets are used as part of the process for identifying themes and sources for paintings. They are also used for the practical development of ideas through samples, experiments and variations.
Some sessions take place in galleries or museums or other public spaces.
Regular group discussions facilitated by the tutor encourage you to realistically evaluate your own progress and that of your fellow students, sharing discoveries and learning from one another.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
The course is suitable for all levels of students with some experience of painting and drawing, including more experienced students who wish to try fresh techniques and develop work in new directions.
What you need to know before you enrol
This course takes place in a studio with access via stairs or a lift. Some sessions may be held in public spaces, a museum or a park.
What you will need for your class
Materials will be provided for the first session, when you will be given a suggested materials list.
It is advisable to wear old clothes or bring an apron or overalls.
What you can do next:
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