Life drawing: a contemporary approach
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH893
Available start dates
Duration: 5 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course will explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques and processes to develop your confidence in life painting to make a more contemporary response. Alongside traditional skills of how to structure and proportion the human form and how to mix skin tones, you will learn how to construct and compose a contemporary painting, using expression and imagination to produce a personal response.
What will we cover?
The course will explore a variety of techniques such as
Application of paint,
Understanding light and tone
Impasto paint (thick direct paint)
Composition including cropping
Notions of 'identity' in contemporary portraiture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Successfully compose a life painting
- Mix acrylic paint more successfully
- Improve technical understanding of using acrylic paint
- Identify areas to improve on in your life painting
Make use of strategies employed by a variety of contemporary artists.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels but some experince life drawing would be an adavantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Optional homework will be set
- Group exercises
- Individual practical work
- Most tuition will be one to one tutorials
- Some demos and slide shows / short lectures will be included in the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to enrol on any of the Portraits 1, 2 and 3 courses which include painting and run throughout the year. For more experimental approaches try Contemporary portrait studio or Experimental Approaches to Portraiture.