Oil painting: inspired by film noir

Course Dates: 17/02/20 - 16/03/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Anne Teahan

This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic film noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting.’.


What is the course about?

Inspired by the light and shadow within classic film noir (by directors such as Hitchcock and Carol Reed), students will explore the expressive power of tonal imagery to develop their own dramatic and moody paintings.

What will we cover?

- painting tonal studies from film stills derived from Hitchcock, Carol Reed and others.

- the face and light within film noir.
- the lonely figure in space within film noir.
- using wet and dry oil painting techniques to explore an ‘emerging image’ process.
- developing a colour-tone painting palette, starting with black and white.
- finding echoes and cross-currents between film noir and artists through time (Edward Hopper, Caravaggio, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman).

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

- use tonal colour in painting with sensitivity and pleasure.

- use dry and wet oil painting methods to ‘unearth’ an image.

- paint a luminous and moody oil painting with a dramatic tonal structure.
- find inspiration from related photographic and artistic sources for further painting.

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

Basic drawing and oil painting experience necessary, otherwise suits all levels.
- A willingness to explore a colour-tone approach to oil painting in some depth.
- A curiosity about combining the mood of film noir, with luminous oil painting.

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

- Slide shows, books, practical demos, website research, 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 websites 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.

Please note that surfaces must be primed and bone dry for oil painting. The tutor will prepare primed cartridge in advance of the first session only. After that you may either: purchase ready-primed paper from Cass Art, using your student discount, or prime and dry city lit cartridge paper during the course.

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?

Further Painting courses at all levels, such as Painting 2, Life Painting, Contemporary Painting Studio or it may be part of your preparation for advanced courses, such as CLFA or the CL Year of the Figure and Portrait.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VH337

Mon, day, 17 Feb - 16 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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