Life drawing and painting: focus on light and shade

Course Dates: 16/11/21 - 14/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Light and shade will allow you to develop the form and volume of the human body: develop your skills in tone and chiaroscuro to create convincing life drawings and paintings.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

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Course Code: VM075

Started Tue, eve, 16 Nov - 14 Dec '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course introduces ways of looking at the human figure in terms of light and shade. We will look at how to develop a sensitive and sympathetic use of line and tone in relation to describing the human form and to build confidence in handling paint in relation to life painting. You will make paintings which deepen your visual perception of tonal colour and increase sensitivity to handling paint.
The course aims to help you become familiar with the approach of selected artists, and explore a creative response to the figure, as well as imaginative use of technique.

What will we cover?

The course will encourage an inventive as well analytical approach to life drawing. Life painting will cover: modelling of form; dealing with proportion and scale; volume and weight in relation to posture; and emotional mood via lighting. Exploring tonal contrast and mood within the work of diverse artists

- Painting cast shadows from observation under strong lamplight.

You will experience working from both short and long poses.

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

- Demonstrate an ability to create drawings using both expressive and analytical approaches
- Draw the figure with a sensitive use of line and tone
- represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- Use tone and colour-tone in painting with increased sensitivity and pleasure.

- Use paint to maintain freshness and luminosity through dry and wet methods

- have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique

- Look at, and take inspiration from, the work and practice of a variety of artists.

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

This course is suitable for students who have some previous experience drawing
from the life model. Suitable for all levels.
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?

Practical work, tutor demonstrations, 1:1 guidance and discussion. You will work both individually and in groups.

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

All materials for the course are included.
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
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VH886 Life drawing and painting studio
You may wish to continue to study life drawing on one of the courses below:

Rebecca Allen

REBECCA BOYD ALLEN After receiving a BFA degree from Kansas State University, Rebecca moved to New York and studied at the New York Studio School. There, she studied with a vast assortment of New York artists, many with ties to the abstract expressionist movement. The Studio School selected her as an exchangee student to study at the Slade School of Art in London for one year. Returning to New York, she received her MFA from Parsons School of Design. She has been teaching in London for over 20 years and created numerous courses, based on specific exhibitions and the permanent collection, at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Since 2010 she has been teaching at City Lit with courses including Life Drawing, Life Painting, Painting 2, Ways into Abstract Painting and many Watercolour courses. She has a background in figurative work, which has included observation, memory, and a love for tone and colour. More recent work is rooted in observation, yet more abstract in appearance, focusing on process and largely done using watercolour.

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.