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
Working with colour
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