Painting and the creative imagination

Course Dates: 16/06/19 - 07/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Clare Barton-Harvey

Explore the role of the imagination in painting and drawing. Develop a toolkit of methods for stimulating, sustaining and enriching your imaginative engagement through a series of guided practical painting and drawing exercises.

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  • Painting and the creative imagination

Painting and the creative imagination

  • Painting and the creative imagination
Description

What is the course about?

Explore the richness of painting and the imagination through a variety of practical methods and guided exercises to access and develop your imagination. The aim of the course is to step aside from formal understanding and to engage directly with your perception, energy and imagination. This course complements, and is a valuable addition to, more formal drawing courses.

What will we cover?

During the course we will explore ways of accessing the imagination and create paintings from a variety of sources of inspiration. You will be introduced to a range of artists and their sources of inspiration ranging from everyday life, to landscape, colour and visionary experience. Each session will offer some skills input e.g. on colour, gesture, ways of developing your own subject matter, and means of articulating your experience directly through the medium of paint. You will develop a toolkit of painting methods and ideas that will inform your work into the future. There will be a short guided meditation each day to aid concentration in your painting practice.

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

- paint from your imagination
- identify and employ a variety of sources of inspiration for your imagination
- employ a toolkit of resources to access, free-up and sustain your imaginative engagement
- develop a body of work from initial sources
- explore colour and the imagination
- identify how meditation can assist your painting practice.

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

Suitable for beginners to painting who wish to explore this subject and/or stimulate their art practice, as well intermediate level painters who wish to refresh their practice and/or expand their skills and resources in this field. Bring an open mind and be prepared to let go and experiment.

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.

Please note that we use acrylic paint on the course. Additional materials such as charcoal, pastels, and inks are also available.

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

- through demonstration of painting methods
- individual and group practical exercises
- one to one tutoring
- group discussion and evaluation
- some short personal research tasks between classes
- slideshows, hand-outs and other practical learning resources.

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

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?

A range of Painting courses such as:
Painting: Composing and improvising with colour
Ways into abstract painting
Surrealist Sunday
Working with colour
Painting studio.

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

Reviews

Customer Reviews 12 item(s)

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With meditation and painting to music we liberated our individual imaginations. Lots of time to explore own themes and plenty of discussion both in groups and individually. Excellent.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/10/2016)
I don't come from an arts background and this course taught me to really dig deep inside and bring out inspiration. I highly recommend this course and the tutor is excellent.
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Review by P / (Posted on 18/10/2016)
Excellent and inspirational tutor - fabulous opportunity to explore and experiment with colours - absolutely worth getting up early on a Sunday morning to travel into London for this course - thank you
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Review by D / (Posted on 18/10/2016)
A perfect course if like me you have little experience and are unsure of your ability. I had time to explore and practice my creativity and by the end of the course I had produced several paintings I am really pleased with. The tutor is wonderful - knowledgeable, flexible, positive and enabling.
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Review by r / (Posted on 18/10/2016)
This course is wonderful, I have learnt so much about painting techniques and creative expression. A great supportive class and atmosphere. Lots of time for reviews and feedback.
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Review by a / (Posted on 18/10/2016)
The classes are very helpful in facilitating the contact with inner emotions and contents that wanted to be expressed through painting. The tutor is extraordinarily sensitive and supportive.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 18/10/2016)
The classes are very helpful in facilitating the contact with inner emotions that are waiting to be expressed through painting. The tutor is an extraordinarily sensitive and supportive teacher.
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Review by E / (Posted on 26/04/2016)
Excellent and inspirational tutor - fabulous opportunity to explore and experiment with colours. Absolutely worth getting up early on a Sunday morning to travel into London for this course. Thank you.
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Review by Ex / (Posted on 26/04/2016)
A perfect course if you like me you have little experience and are unsure of your ability. I had time to explore and practice my creativity and by the end of the course I had produced several paintings I am really pleased with. The tutor is wonderful - knowledgeable, flexible, positive and enabling.
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Review by Excellent / (Posted on 26/04/2016)
With meditation and painting to music we liberated our individual imagination. Lots of time to explore our themes and plenty of discussion both group and individual. Excellent
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Review by Ecelnent / (Posted on 26/04/2016)
This course is wonderful. I have learnt so much about painting techniques and creative expression. A great supportive class and atmosphere. Lots of time for reviews and feedback.
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Review by Excellent / (Posted on 26/04/2016)
I don't come from an arts background and this course taught me to really dig deep inside and bring out inspiration. I highly recommend this course and the tutor is excellent
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Review by Excellent / (Posted on 26/04/2016)

Book your place

Course Code: VM640

Sun, day, 16 Jun - 07 Jul '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £249.00
Concession: £249.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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