Contemporary painting studio

Course Dates: 14/01/21 - 01/04/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

Develop your own ideas in painting with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes on this higher level course. Ideal for students who have completed ‘Painting 1’, ‘Painting continued’ or equivalent painting courses.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is for students who are ready to develop their own ideas in painting, with reference to the work of contemporary artists and experimental processes. Students should have completed Painting 1 and Painting Continued or higher level courses such as the City Lit Fine Art course, Foundation course or equivalent level courses.
The emphasis will be on the process of development from idea /sketch to finished painting. Informed by contemporary art practice students will be encouraged to expand their approach to making a painting, using research, experimentation, layering of imagery, exploration of materials etc. We will explore different methods of painting with reference to a particular contemporary artist to see how this affects the imagery or contributes to the meaning of the work.
This course offers students higher level guidance with the freedom to explore their own ideas.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Source material and development of subject matter eg sketchbook ideas, working from photographs and projections.
- Experimenting with image making materials i.e. paint, drawing materials and mixing media and collage.
- Discussion of the visual language in painting
- Issues in contemporary painting.

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

- Use a sketchbook/photograph as a research tool for a painting/artwork
- Expand and develop your initial visual ideas using a variety of art materials and processes
- Make a sustained painting or series of works over several weeks
- Develop your ability to make decisions about the development of your own work
- Use the work of current artists as a reference and influence on your own art practice.

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

No, but students must be at an advanced level.

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

There will be practical projects, individual guidance and encouragement, group discussion and examination of artists' work.

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

You need to bring a sketchbook full of ideas, and plans for your own art projects.

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

Any of the advanced painting classes, including Art and Design Foundation, City Lit Fine Art course and Developing Fine Art Practice.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/12/2019)
Course fills up as soon as enrolment opens so get there on the first day!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 28/11/2019)
There is lots of time and space on this course to develop your own style and direction. You can work whatever size you want, bring your own canvases or use their paper. Having the whole day is great, so absorbing. Great if you need support, discussion, another view but not specific technique teaching. Though that is also available if required.
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Review by Ruth / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
It’s a great course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
Excellent if you want to develop your own project and ideas. There are not enough of these courses - book early!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/12/2018)
A great course with a sensitive tutor who was skilled at giving the right amount of guidance and encouragement. I feel much more confident now and would highly recommend it. It was great to be amongst other students who were very supportive too. Everyone had a great deal to contribute and share and the tutor allowed an atmosphere of mutual support to develop. Thanks!
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Review by Delyth / (Posted on 25/03/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Lucinda Oestreicher

Lucinda Oestreicher has been teaching painting and drawing at City Lit since 2007. She developed the Ways into Abstraction course, the Contemporary Art Sketchbook Walk and the Contemporary Painting Studio course. She leads the Extended Drawing for Artist and Makers advanced course and also teaches on the City Lit Fine Art Course. She studied at Bath Academy of Art, Central School and Post Graduate Fine Art at the Slade School of Art. Exhibitions include, Monika Bobinska Projects, APT, Studio Voltaire, Studio 1.1, Vertigo, Contemporary Art Projects, Canal Gallery, Parlour Gallery, Acava Studios and the Millinery Gallery. The Royal Academy, and ARTfutures. Residency at The Florence Trust Studios, London

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.

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Course Code: VM666

Please choose a course date 

Thu, day, 14 Jan - 01 Apr '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £799.00
Senior fee: £639.00
Concession: £487.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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