Oil painting: focus on light

Course Dates: 02/04/19 - 10/04/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Desmond Haughton

Be inspired by the magical interaction between light and shadows, through the medium of oil paint.

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Oil painting: focus on light


What is the course about?

Each lesson will take inspiration from an artist who has a special and unique approach to light and shade.
You will make paintings which deepen your visual perception of tonal colour and increase sensitivity to handling oil paint.

What will we cover?

- Exploring tonal contrast and mood within the work of diverse artists

- Painting cast shadows from observation under strong lamplight.

- Creating glowing imaginary landscapes inspired by Sonia Delaunay & Klee.

- Using film noir stills & photography as inspiration for luminous oil painting.

- Oil paint handling using wet and dry techniques to achieve freshness of tone.

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

- Use tone and colour-tone in painting with increased sensitivity and pleasure.

- Find inspiration from a variety of artistic sources for further painting.

(James Bland, Seurat, Richter, Caravaggio, Hitchcock).

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

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

- Some basic drawing and oil painting experience necessary
- A willingness to try out four different approaches to painting.
- If you enjoy the drama of light and shade within painters such as Caravaggio, you will enjoy this course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Slide shows, books, practical demos, group & individual advice,
- Final session, students will make a single day long painting based on their favoured approach so they may wish to research suggested artists & concepts as the course develops.

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

Basic materials for the course are provided. Please bring along 2 glass jars with lids, an A4 sketchbook and, for the last session you may wish to bring a canvas to paint on, but this is not essential.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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


Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

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the approach to light as a separate discipline helps you in applying it to applications of its principles whether it be still life portraits and abstract paints
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Review by light bearer / (Posted on 31/01/2019)
Unconventional and interesting course, producing really quite amazing work
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/01/2019)
It’s instructive, fun and the longer 6 hour session enables you to tackle a finished picture watch day
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Review by My name / (Posted on 30/01/2019)
Excellent step by step exercises in learning about chiaroscuro and improving oil painting technique.
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Review by Fiona / (Posted on 30/01/2019)

Book your place

Course Code: VM091

Tue+Wed, day, 02 Apr - 10 Apr '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? visualarts@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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