Contemporary painting studio

Course Dates: 19/02/20 - 01/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Ruth Brison
Tony Hull

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 2’ or equivalent painting courses.


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 2, 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.

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?

Students must be experienced in painting methods up to an intermediate or advanced level, and ready to develop their own ideas in painting.

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, possibly including a gallery visit.

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.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

Any of the advanced painting classes, including advanced courses such as; the one year Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers, City Lit sculpture course, The year of Portrait and Figure, 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)
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Course Code: VM846

Started Wed, day, 19 Feb - 01 Apr '20

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £449.00
Senior fee: £359.00
Concession: £274.00

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