How to paint: methods and techniques

Course Dates: 01/11/22 - 06/12/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Learn to mix green like Turner, make objects come to life like O’Keefe, experiment with bringing thoughts alive like Eileen Agar, understand space like Frankenthaler. This course will introduce the work of abstract artists over six sessions. You will work on a series of paintings inspired by a range of artists, using your choice of oil, acrylic, or watercolour paints.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VO138

Full Tue, eve, 01 Nov - 06 Dec '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Looking at a range of abstract artists’ work, together with their ideas, inspiration and techniques, learners will complete practical projects with basic and home made materials. Learning will be a balance of contemporary art history and practical creative work, with at least one painting, drawing, or collage produced at each session..

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?

Session 1 & 2: Abstract Landscape, Painting into collage, Painting from collage.
Artists: Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Rae, Wilhemina Barnes Graham.
Session 3 & 4: Surrealism. Experimental drawing and collage.
Artists: Hannah Hoch, Paul Klee.
Session 5 & 6 : Abstract Architecture.
Artists: Frank Bowling, Lee Krasner.

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

All learners:
- Mix a wide range of secondary and tertiary colours
- Make a painting from an imagined or remembered landscape.
- Make collage from painted paper and from found images.
- Describe the history and aristic development of the introduced abstract artists.
- Identify new ways to use found and home-made materials (rice glue, coffee ink, your own coloured carbon paper) to make art.

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

This course is designed for learners at all levels of experience.

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

Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out before the course starts. There will be no compulsory homework. Videos, photographs and documents will be posted on Google Classroom to extend your knowledge of artists and art movements, and to examine the context of the artists and their art.

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

You will need paints in the three primary colours, preferably warm and cool versions of each, some brushes or plastic cards to paint with, and something to paint on. If you are using oils paints, you’ll need a primed surface to paint on.
Chalks or chalk pastels.
Oil pastels or wax crayons.

- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device you will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.

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

Have a browse of our other Abstract painting classes on the links above.

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.