What is the course about?
Learning step by step approaches to improving observational painting from the figure. Using structured approaches, the course covers areas such as proportion and measurement, composition, colour mixing, common mistakes and lighting, all designed to develop your confidence over the weeks.
What will we cover?
The course covers areas such as proportion and measurement, composition, colour mixing, common mistakes and lighting. We will also look at the work of a variety of artists for inspiration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Draw and paint body proportions more accurately from observation
• Make paintings of the figure and environment
• Use of a limited and full colour palette
• Paint with improved choices in composition
• 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?
The course is suitable for all levels of life painting experience.
Some basic drawing and painting experience would be helpful e.g. on the courses 'Drawing 1', ‘Painting 1’ or 'Introduction to Life Drawing'. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• Group work & discussion
• One to one tuition
• Lots of practical work, development of courage, energy and personal ideas
• Some optional homework exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All the basic materials are provided.
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?
There are a variety of life and portrait painting and drawing classes at City Lit and also other general drawing and introduction to painting classes.