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 primarily in 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 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 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
- 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, such as, for example, City Lit year of the figure and portrait, or demonstrable evidence of 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
- Taught by a team of different artist-tutors with diverse figurative practice
- Practical demonstrations
- 1:1 support
- Engaging in constructive critical discussion
- Individual tutorials with different tutors
- 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 include: City Lit fine art course; Foundation Diploma in Art and Design; Extended drawing for artists and makers.
In addition to our expanding range of advanced long courses, you will find a new and growing range of professional practice workshops in the school of Visual Arts (from October 2020), aimed at providing support, skills and context, and developing communities of practice. These workshops can be taken individually, according to need or interest, or as complementary components of a modular course, which you design for yourself; either way, they are there to provide you with the skills, knowledge and connections you need to take your advanced creative practice forward.