Life painting: a contemporary approach

Course Dates: 06/02/25 - 06/03/25
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
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Life painting: a contemporary approach
  • Course Code: VM934
  • Dates: 06/02/25 - 06/03/25
  • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Steve Wright

Course Code: VM934

Thu, day, 06 Feb - 06 Mar '25

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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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 in response to contemporary artists.

What will we cover?

The course will explore a variety of techniques such as
Palette arrangement
Colour Mixing
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?

Life Painting: Experimental Approaches
Portrait Painting: 2 session pose.

Steve Wright

Steve is a London-based painter and art tutor. He has worked in adult education since 2012, developing a wide range of courses in drawing and painting that balance technical skills with an openness to individual ways of working. He is skilled at finding both strengths and areas to improve in a student’s work and in communicating this in a supportive way to individual learners. Steve studied Painting at Wimbledon School of Art and Newcastle University, completing his MA in 2001. His own painting practice informs his teaching and he likes to share some of his drawings, paintings and working methods with students. Steve’s work is included in several public and private collections and has featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

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.