What is the course about?
Examining means and methods of representing the human figure. This will help you develop your understanding of human structures and form, and to build confidence in handling paint in relation to life painting. You will learn to express an imaginative and personal response to the figure.
What will we cover?
Each session will isolate aspects of life painting and the means to deal with it: modelling of form; dealing with proportion and scale; issues of the figure in space - perspective and foreshortening; weight in relation to posture; and emotional mood.
You will also develop a suitable, limited palette based on colour bias, appropriate to creating form using various tonal structures. We will consider ways of constructing and organising paint, such as coloured under painting, layering, 'scumbling' and other methods, including placement, distortion, balance and rhythm.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- begin to locate areas of personal interest and your own language and style
- produce a series of works that demonstrate sustained investigation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for people who have attended life drawing classes.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and 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?
A variety of poses will be used (lying, standing, sitting) with different moods, using techniques that both free up handling but also develop control, from exercises to quick sketches to more considered pieces. It is possible in the latter part of the course that a pose will be retained over a number of weeks. You will be taught by demonstration, practical application, one to one tuition and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers basic materials, consisting of acrylic paint, paper and brushes. If you wish to work in oils you will need to bring your own materials, having heard the initial advice on the palette for the course at the first session (otherwise expensive and unnecessary paints may be purchased). Advice will be given on preparing supports if oils are to be used.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue investigating the figure with further life drawing or painting courses or try watercolour from the figure courses. Here are some suggested courses that would be suitable to progress onto VH886 ' Life drawing and painting studio', VM485 ' Expressionist life painting', 'VM915 Structured life painting: beginners and intermediate'
Alternatively, you could develop a wider approach to painting by doing any of the various painting courses, including the City Lit fine art course.
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