How to paint: layers and application

Course Dates: 07/06/21 - 28/06/21
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
Find out new and exciting ways to apply and handle acrylic paint in this short online module in painting. You will be introduced to essential techniques associated with paint handling and learn how to build, and apply layers of paint in your work. Work on colour relationships and expand your knowledge and understanding of technical terms used in painting. This short workshop is perfect for beginners who want to take their painting skills to the next level.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00

Course Code: VO251

Mon, eve, 07 Jun - 28 Jun '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This online workshop focuses on selected areas and topics associated with painting and is broken down in a structured way to support your development and learning. Focus on how to handle paint, working with brushes, scrapers, thinners and how to create different gestures and marks using a range of tools. Learn tips and tricks in building layers and how you can really build your painting work in stages This online workshop can be studied on its own or as part of our collection of online painting workshops. Other workshops include How to paint: colour and composition, How to paint: methods and techniques and How to paint: working from life and imagination.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Colour mixing, colour relationship and use of a artists palette
- Application tools, mark making and working with brushes in applying paint
- Working with layers, underpainting, building layers
- Language and technical terminology associated with painting
- Painting in reference to historical and contemporary artists.

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

- Mix secondary and tertiary colours
- Apply paint with confidence
- Paint objects in three dimensions using a range of brush marks
- Discuss gesture, texture and stylised painting
- Improve observational skills.

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

The course is suitable for beginners looking to build confidence and be introduced to new techniques or those with a little experience of painting that want to develop skills.

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

This is a practical course, where painting is learnt by working on a series of projects.
Learners will be painting throughout all sessions, with some time being given to looking at relevant paintings. Details of these, and reminders and other resources will be available on google classroom. There is no homework but learners will be encouraged to research artists.

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.

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

You will need appropriate painting materials and equipment, and a suitable space to work where you can prop your painting up, spread out your palette and paints, and be messy.

You will need to be set up for painting for all sessions including session one. The first session will begin with a demonstration of how to set out your paints on your palette. The first painting project will require you to have a few natural objects: leaves, shells, fruit, vegetables.

For sessions 3 and 4 you will need some plain coloured objects: a few cups, bowls, and plates.

Please have a palette, which can be an A3 sized piece of plastic/Perspex/formica/board, a palette knife, a few basic bristle brushes (minimum 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small) cotton rags. Water or PVA for mixing acrylic paint.

If using oil paint, you need ‘Liquin’ or linseed oil for dilution, a palette knife, and washing up liquid to clean your brushes.

You will also need something to paint on each week. If using acrylic, this can be thick cartridge paper or card
For oil, it can be a pad of A2 or A3 oil painting paper. In either case, you can have two A2 or A3 canvases for the longer paintings, but this is not essential.

You can use oil or acrylic paint for the first and second projects, however you will need acrylic paint for speed of drying in the third.

You will need the following paint colours: Cadmium red or vermilion., Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, French Ultramarine, Cerulean blue, Titanium white

A small box of oil pastels or coloured chalk pastels, and a few sheets/pad of A2 or A3 drawing paper are useful but not essential.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off. More information can be found here-

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

Continue to focus on particular painting skills with our selected online painting modules or move into drawing online. Alternatively you may wish to continue learning painting for a longer duration with a focus on abstraction or portraiture. For all course details and a full range of options please visit our website.

Kate Hardy Tutor Website

Kate is a painter and a founder member of Chisenhale Studios in East London where she works most days. Her work explores memory of film and architecture, and has been shown in over 100 group and solo shows in London and internationally. Kate’s approach to teaching is a sharing of passion for painting, with colour mixing as the first step.She has a BA in painting from St Martin’s School of Art, and has an MA in drawing and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan School of Art, as well as a PGCE from the University of London Institute of Education.You can see her work on Instagram: @katehardystudio and student work from her museum drawing course: @museumdrawing

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.