What is the course about?
Over the course, students will learn the methods for achieving the distinctive effects of Dutch painting after Rubens. His rules for painting are best observed in the work of his students, so we will look closely at Van Dyck. First, students will make an underpainting, learning about Ruben’s method of preparing a surface before applying the tonal structure of the painting. Then the group will use rich colour to glaze over their underpaintings and learn the principles of flesh colours developed by Rubens. Finally, emphasis will shift to Rembrandt’s pioneering approach to portrait painting, manipulating the paint to achieve expressive effects to bring the paint to life.
What will we cover?
Preparing a surface, painting in layers, use of oil painting mediums such as linseed oil and wax, painting flesh colours, applying and blending oil paint, using glazes and impasto techniques, colour mixing and managing a palette.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make an underpainting to give a tonal structure to your painting
- Mix a range flesh colours to achieve vibrant skin effects
- Paint using the principle of “fat over lean”
- Apply glaze and impasto techniques over your initial underpainting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience of painting or drawing or interest in historical painting would be an advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
No homework is set though students will be encouraged to visit the National Gallery to closely examine the Rubens painting in the flesh.
You will be taught by demonstration, practical application, one to guidance and group discussion.
You will be shown examples of relevant artist’s works.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials for the course will be provided, however students will have an advantage if they bring their own set of brushes and images or objects for stimulus.
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?
Look out for further “Hands On Art History” courses at City Lit for more technically focussed art lessons put in to historical contexts.