What is the course about?
This course looks at the role light sources can play in the depiction of solid forms and the creation of exciting and dynamic compositions.
What will we cover?
Observe objects in light to compare and contrast tonal sequences.
Explore the potential of direct and reflected light to suggest volume and space.
Understand and use warm and cool colours in a still life set up.
Create a composition which has light as its focal point.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Create strong dramatic forms with paint (oil/acrylic) and suggest objects in volume.
Explore the making of space through light and dark.
Use warm and cool colour contrasts to suggest convincing solid form.
Create a composition which has a dramatic play of tonal contrasts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some drawing skills are helpful, but basic techniques in painting will be taught.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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?
Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.
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?
This can lead on to a Painting I course, Portraits 1 VH497 and Life Drawing classes in September.
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