City Lit year of the figure and portrait: advanced

Course Dates: 18/10/19 - 05/06/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Paul Dixon
Desmond Haughton
Brian Sayers
Kim Scouller
Benjamin Senior
Anne Teahan

The human form offers inexhaustible potential for communication and expression of ideas; 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.

This course requires an application prior to enrolment. Please click 'start assessment' to begin an application.


What is the course about?

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

What will we cover?

Primarily 2D media including drawing, painting, collage and mixed media.

The course covers working from life/observation, found images, photography/film as well as from memory and the imagination to develop personal project work.

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

Tutor-led workshops to develop skills/techniques/methodologies throughout the course.

Visual research referencing artist contexts and use of sketchbooks and gallery/museum visits.

Themes will include: Contemporary Notions of Identity, the Classical Now, the Physical Body, 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.

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

You will need experience of life drawing and/or painting eg City Lit Year of The Figure and Portrait or at least one year's previous study in the subject area.

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

Tutor-led workshops and practical demonstrations. 1:1 support. Tutorials. Group critique and peer feedback. You will be expected to make visual research in sketchbooks outside of the class to develop personal projects.

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

All basic 2D materials supplied however you are encouraged to invest in your own brushes, canvas etc if you specialise in painting.

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

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Heidi Wigmore

Heidi Wigmore is a visual artist whose diverse practice is informed by drawing; her particular interest is in the ‘dynamic performative figure’. She is artist workshop leader for English National Ballet where she has developed ‘live drawing’ events at The Coliseum and Sadlers Wells theatre that explore the common language of drawing and dance. She has also led drawing workshops at Tate Liverpool, at the Turner Prize for Hull City of Culture and for the British Museum exhibition ‘Lines of Thought’.

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: VH953

Started Fri, day, 18 Oct - 05 Jun '20

Duration: 26 sessions (over 34 weeks)

Full fee: £1,699.00
Senior fee: £1,359.00
Concession: £1,036.00

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