Contemporary painting studio

Course Dates: 12/01/23 - 30/03/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting 2’ or equivalent painting courses.
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Finished Thu, day, 12 Jan - 30 Mar '23

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for students who are ready to develop their own ideas in painting, with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes. Students should have completed Painting 1 and Painting 2, or higher level courses such as the City Lit Fine Art course, Foundation course or equivalent level courses.
The emphasis will be on the process of development from idea /sketch to finished painting. Informed by contemporary art practice students will be encouraged to expand their approach to making a painting, using research, experimentation, layering of imagery, exploration of materials etc. We will explore different methods of painting with reference to a particular contemporary artist to see how this affects the imagery or contributes to the meaning of the work.
This course offers students higher level guidance with the freedom to explore their own ideas.

What will we cover?

- Source material and development of subject matter: eg. sketchbook ideas, working from photographs and projections.
- Experimenting with image making materials, i.e. paint, drawing materials and mixing media and collage.
- Discussion of the visual language in painting.
- Issues in contemporary painting.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use a sketchbook/photograph as a research tool for a painting/artwork.
- Expand and develop your initial visual ideas using a variety of art materials and processes.
- Make a sustained painting or series of works over several weeks.
- Develop your ability to make decisions about the development of your own work.
- Use the work of current artists as a reference and influence on your own art practice.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need to be able to demonstrate experience in painting methods and processes up to an intermediate level. This course encourages you to build off of prior skills and knowledge in order to develop your own painting work.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is delivered through a series of practical projects, self-directed with individual tutor guidance and encouragement. You will also engage in group discussions and examination of artists' work to develop a more critical approach.
The contemporary painting studio course requires a level of commitment, and therefore independent study outside the studio is recommended and encouraged. As part of the course, you will have access to Google classroom as a designated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There you will have access to hand-outs, tutor presentations and be able to share ideas and work with peers outside of course hours.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Access to basic painting and drawing materials will be available as part of this course. We advise you to bring along a sketchbook for recording ideas, notes and feedback (A5 or A4 size) alongside any imagery to support your projects. You may wish to bring your own brushes and painting tools, alongside canvas or board as the course you’re your work progresses.
Need art supplies? As a City Lit student, our partners London Graphic Centre offer 15% student discount, from pencils to printing services. To get LGC student discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any of the advanced painting classes, including advanced courses such as; the one year 'Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers', 'City Lit sculpture course', 'The year of Portrait and Figure', 'City Lit Fine Art course' and 'Developing Art Practice'.

Amanda Knight

Amanda Knight studied Botanical, Medical and Natural History illustration at Falmouth School of Art in pre-digital times when encyclopaedias graced bookshelves and Infographics upheld an applied mode of 2D practice. On graduation, Amanda worked freelance in industry, notably at Helicopter studios in Soho, with clients in publishing, advertising and design. She also took her first steps in Adult Teacher training, working as a part-time teacher of A-level art. Community Arts and personal Fine-Art practice gradually replaced industry with freer avenues, accompanied by post-graduate study at Central Saint Martins (2000). Amanda also studied on the transformative City Lit Fine Art course for which she is now joint Course Co-ordinator. Amanda has experience of art-fair and gallery sales, represented by Stark Gallery from 2005-2012. Subsequent project work has seen a return involvement with contemporary, socially driven arts projects and fringe artist communites such as Teatro Vivo, Urban Art and Deptford X. She has twice been selected for inclusion in Creekside Open, and accepted into professional studio groups Brookmill Studios and Deptford Foreshore.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.