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