What is the course about?
Students are encouraged to explore a personal approach to painting the figure from a single pose, making their own choices about creating one sustained painting or several shorter studies, exploring and experimenting with expressive and dynamic painting techniques, informed by Expressionist artists styles and approaches.
What will we cover?
- How to set up an easel before starting a painting
- How to layout your palette
- How to mix colours
- How to apply paint to the surface
- How to see and understand tone
- How to measure and understand proportion
- Looking at Expressionist artists.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of basic colour mixing
- Have experience of paint handling and mark making
- Feel confident to express yourself with oil and or Acrylic paint.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any of the further life drawing and painting classes depending on your level, including VH753 The City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait.