Life painting for beginners
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
explore different ways to represent the human form in paint, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
What is the course about?
Working with a variety of models, you will be shown how to paint volume using light and shadow, and ways to
measure proportion. You will be investigating traditional approaches to painting to begin to practise the basic skills needed to represent the body.
What will we cover?
Through observation of the life model you will focus on studying proportion of the body and the use of tone and colour using different painting approaches. You will learn about brush handling composition and basic colour mixing for skin tone.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Start to paint from life with an effective use of brushwork
- Explore tone to represent volume and form
- Use basic colour mixing for skin tone.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for beginners in painting who have some basic life drawing experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical work in the studio, with an introduction to each session, and some demonstration by the tutor. Individual
tutoring with regular feedback and some brief discussion in the group. Work outside the class is optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are included. Advice on materials will be given during the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VH075 Portrait Painting: 2 Session Pose.
I am an artist living and working in London, trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). I have shown in solo and group exhibitions around the UK and in Europe (including the Whitechapel Open and Threadneedle Painting Prize) with work in numerous private collections and featured in Drawing and Painting by Kate Wilson (Thames and Hudson, 2015) For over 30 years I have taught in a wide variety of contexts, lecturing in many British art schools, including Manchester (MA), Cheltenham (BA), Central St Martins, UAL. I have run drawing workshops for Microsoft Seattle, Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, Electronic Arts UK, Vanguard Animation, Tell Me in Mountain View, CA and Kaos Studios (THQ) in New York amongst others. I have also taught renowned opera, television and film directors how to draw (NDAs duly signed) From 2021-22 I was the recipient of an Arts Council England Project Award to conduct research into drawing and the processing of trauma. I have tenure at City Lit where I deliver drawing and painting courses exploring how these activities alter visual perception, with a strong emphasis on thinking through doing.
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.