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Weekdays/Time: Fri (09:30 to 12:30)
Started: 21/04/2017 (Number of Weeks: 12)
End Date: 14/07/2017
Tutor Approval Required? No
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). See course content below.
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.
You will explore and respond to images and re-creations inspired by artists of today. You will develop an appreciation of fine art.
Enrolment is best carried out online. If you prefer to enrol in person, you can enrol at the Parkshot centre.
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.
This term continues with some portraiture. If you are a newcomer or beginner to the subject or you would like to refresh your drawing & painting skills, this term’s course gives you the opportunity to begins with basics allowing you to learn observational skills through a range of fun portraiture exercises and then working from the clothed model for 2 or three week sessions.
For the beginner, the course is structured so it covers a range of media, starting with the easiest and then working towards painting. For example initially drawing the face with charcoal will be the start of your exploration, while later you will investigate face colour by mastering drawing with chalk pastels, before finally moving on to painting. 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.
You will practice drawing from observation - learning ‘how to look’ using simple measuring techniques aimed at developing your confidence, then applying these skills to your own individual interests and creativity.
You will learn how to plan a composition with the help of a viewfinder- finding an exciting layout through preliminary studies
You will study colour theory, colour mixing, palette management, and a variety of painting techniques
You will be encouraged to try out various methods, styles and different ways to approach painting.
You can develop and interpret the different subjects in your own way.
You will respond to new, exciting and sometimes unusual subjects.
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 let you 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 (for example the level of abstraction is up to you) and experiment with new media. For ideas and added inspiration, new poses are influenced by historical and contemporary artists. This will enable you to learn from and try out an artist’s particular technique, compositions or colours.
After the half term we will move to a new subject, Landscape and Cityscapes in the Richmond area (weather permitting, eventually meeting out doors for lessons). The Summer term is the perfect time of the year to get out of the studio and a great opportunity to experience this subject close to the college or further away depending on students. Again, this subject begins with basic exercises, firstly perspective, before moving on to capturing more elaborate panoramic views. There will also be a power point presentation where you can study different landscape paintings.
Drawing with Accuracy - simple objects and still life set ups; and after half term an Introduction to Colour.
More elaborate still life arrangements (inspired by historical and contemporary still life artists) and after half term fun portraiture exercises and The Clothed Model (two or three week poses inspired by historical and contemporary portraits artists).
What will I achieve?
At the end of the course you will have gained a good insight into various drawing and painting methods and techniques and how they can be used. You will develop a working methodology and be able to develop your own interpretation of a subject. You will be able to adapt methods used in class in your future works.
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.
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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
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
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