Inspired by Georgio Morandi: painting stillness and light

Course Dates: 12/10/19 - 09/11/19
Time: 10:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Diane Martin

If you’ve some painting experience already, a great opportunity to explore colour and light in paint, using either oils or acrylics, with expert tutor guidance and reference to Morandi’s work.


What is the course about?

Starting from observing the still-life subject, which Morandi developed in a series of paintings, you will be encouraged to work creatively with colour-mixing and paint application to focus on light and atmosphere. This may lead you to more abstract imagery, where appropriate.
You will have the option of either developing one painting, or possibly working on 2-3 painted studies, over the 5-session period, depending on your individual situation.

What will we cover?

colour-mixing, using a limited range;
paint application to depict light on objects, using oils &/ or acrylics;
you will be encouraged to explore and develop, with guidance, your individual focus or interest in paint on this course.

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

* mix paint to describe light effects
- apply colour with some confidence
- start to develop an individual focus or style
- explore relevant methods of applying paint: either acrylic or oil or both.

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

This course is for you if you have already completed an introduction to painting in acrylics; or if you have more painting experience and wish to focus on a specific area, see above.
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. You will be expected to take responsibility for the workshop situation: ie leaving your painting area as you would like to find it by clearing up with care and attention.

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

Basic materials: paint and cartridge paper, plus some brushes, will be provided; but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials:
*** you may wish to bring a couple of ready-primed boards, suitable for painting in acrylics or oils: suggested sizes would be from A5 (small) up to maximum A3 (easier to transport when still wet than any larger).

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

There are several options at City Lit for further study:
- Painting 2
- The complete Painting course
- Contemporary Painting Studio
- Experimental Painting (various course options)
- Life Painting (various course options).

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Really focused and concentrated way to look at tone and composition
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/07/2019)
I learned so much! Highly focused two days, looking at composition, mixing colour and developing a restricted palette, really developed my painting. Completely exhausted by the end but wouldn't have missed it. Coming back for more in the Autumn. The tutor was great - knows their stuff, encouraging but not afraid to push us a bit. Thanks so much!
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Review by Francesca L / (Posted on 29/07/2019)
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Course Code: VM066

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Sat, day, 12 Oct - 09 Nov '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £279.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £170.00

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