Advanced figure and portrait

Course Dates: 11/10/24 - 20/06/25
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; this is an exciting advanced course for those with experience of working with the figure and/or portrait who would like the challenge of exploring new perspectives on the figurative tradition in drawing, painting and mixed media.
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Advanced figure and portrait
  • Course Code: VH953
  • Dates: 11/10/24 - 20/06/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 30 sessions (over 37 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Paul Dixon, Desmond Haughton, Brian Sayers, Kim Scouller, Benjamin Senior, Andrea Voisey

Course Code: VH953

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Fri, day, 11 Oct - 20 Jun '25

Duration: 30 sessions (over 37 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This year long, non-accredited programme has as its focus the human figure; you will explore both historical and contemporary approaches to visualising the figure in life, action, the imagination and personal narratives, through depth of visual study and sustained studio practice.

What will we cover?

Working with drawing and painting plus collage and mixed media, the course covers working from life/observation, and from found images/photography as well as from memory and the imagination to develop personal project work.

Stimulating studio projects and off-site work will present experimental and exploratory approaches that question and reflect on Life and Portrait drawing and painting traditions.

Tutor-led workshops will develop your skills, techniques and methodologies throughout the course.

Visual research referencing artist contexts and use of sketchbooks and gallery/museum visits also form a fundamentally important part of the course.

Themes on the course include: contemporary notions of identity, the Classical tradition, the physical body and anatomy, the dynamic figure, the appropriated figure and the figure in public space.

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

- Visualise, represent and express your ideas about the human form with increased confidence, informed and inspired by historical and contemporary artist contexts
- Develop and sustain an ongoing figurative practice that relates to contemporary contexts
- Critically engage with your practice and that of your peers.

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

As this is an advanced course, you will need to have prior experience of life/portrait drawing and/or painting, for example Year of the Figure and Portrait, or demonstrable evidence of at least one year's previous study in the subject area and a real engagement with the figure and/or portrait genre.

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

- Tutor-led workshops and practical demonstrations
- Taught by a team of different artist-tutors with diverse figurative practice
- Practical demonstrations
- 1:1 support
- Engaging in constructive critical discussion
- Individual tutorials
- Group critique and peer feedback
- You will be expected to make visual research in sketchbooks and to develop personal project work outside of class time, including homework assignments.

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

All basic 2D materials are supplied however you are encouraged to invest in your own brushes, canvas, boards etc if you specialise in painting. Advice on this will be given throughout the course.

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

Prossible follow-up courses in the Advanced Practice area include:
City Lit Fine Art; Foundation Diploma in Art and Design; Developing Art Practice; Extended drawing for Artists and Makers.

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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.