What is the course about?
This course aims to give an introduction to contemporary fine art practice.
Please note: the course runs: Thursday evenings 18:00 - 21:00 and every other Saturday 10:00 - 17:00. Details of the Saturday dates will be given at interview.
What will we cover?
The course will develop a range of skills centred around drawing, painting, 3-D, printmaking, digital arts, photography and mixed media. The various specialist tutors will provide insight and information about the different approaches to fine art practice. This will be supported by an introduction to art theory which complements the various practical projects.
This course concerns contemporary practice and debate. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- apply observational drawing skills
- use a variety of paint handling techniques in oil and acryclic media
- use a variety of non-press-based printmaking techniques
- begin to develop an understanding of critical theory within the context of personal artistic production.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is the first stage of a programme intended for those who wish to explore practical fine art disciplines in a structured teaching environment over a sustained period. It is recommended that everyone joining the course has done some drawing and painting courses, for instance 'Drawing 1' and 'Drawing 2', or 'Painting 1' and 'Painting 2' at City Lit. An advisory interview is offered to everyone applying, to make sure the course will suit their needs.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will develop your work through a series of interrelated, set projects. Teaching methods will include individual tutorials, group discussions, seminars, practical demonstrations and projects, and museum and gallery visits.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is a basic materials allowance, although you will be required to buy specialist items, such as canvas, stretchers, oils and sculpture materials. Tutors in the class will give advice on these. There will be no need to bring anything to the first session.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course prepares you for stage 2 of the City Lit fine art course and aims to provide you with a range of options upon which you may begin to develop personal work. Entry to stage 2 will be by interview/advice session, where we will look at a folder of your work and advise you on your options for further study.