Painting 3: paint handling, scale and surface

Course Dates: 29/04/22 - 15/07/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Following on from the course 'Painting 2', enhance your paint handling skills and understanding of the dynamics of a painted surface, through a series of set projects and short critical discussions. Examine the role of painting tools, marks and scale in building a painting.
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Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00

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Course Code: VM522

Started Fri, day, 29 Apr - 15 Jul '22

Duration: 9 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Build on your previous painting experience by re-examining the way in which you apply paint, select appropriate tools and materials and create a dynamic network of marks and gestures to convey your subject. The projects will be contextualised by examining some aspects of contemporary practice. You will be encouraged to respond to the work produced in the class; alongside receiving critical feedback to help you apply new knowledge and discoveries into the way you plan and execute paintings.

What will we cover?

The course will explore the following areas and set projects will act as starting points for discovery:
- composition, scale and surface dynamics
- paint handling methods and technique from short gestural studies to multiple layers
- developing an intuitive logic as a painting unfolds and learn to use chance and accident as part of a painting process
- read more clearly the paint handling and surfaces of your own work and that of some contemporary artists
- pre-plan paintings in terms of technique and colour.

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

- use more flexible and varied approaches to your paint handling
- appraise your use of scale, mark and gesture in painting
- develop your appreciation of the working practice of some contemporary painters
- create a basis for developing a personal approach to painting.

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

It is recommended that students have completed 'Painting 1' and 'Painting 2' or have gained equivalent experience.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

Project briefs, handouts, presentations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, and group discussion.

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

Paints and brushes etc. will be provided. If you wish to bring your own brushes, the tutor will encourage you to consider how best to use them to maximise their potential in your painting.


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

There will be individual advice available at the end of the course.
You maybe able to progress onto the 'City Lit Fine Art course', 'Contemporary Painting Studio' or one of the other painting courses such as 'Ways into Abstraction' and 'Painting and Photography'.

Tony Hull

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) At City Lit I deliver many drawing and painting courses with a significant input on our Fine Art Course.

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.