What is the course about?
This life painting workshop brings together a unique combination of approaches to painting the nude. Firstly it explores the subtle, elusive colours within the skin. Secondly it explores imaginative connections between natural landscape and the surface planes and curvature of the body.
Inspired by artists and photographers working from Nature, you will develop two large paintings from abstracted areas of the body, after carrying out a range of surface-based colour-mixing and layering exercises in oil and acrylic paint.
What will we cover?
- Observational painting from abstracted areas of the body.
- Colour-mixing on the surface using oil and acrylic techniques.
- Connections between landscape, the body and nature in painting and photography.
- How artists use abstraction and enlargement of natural form in their work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- produce a series of observational studies of torsos in acrylic and oil paint.
- mix colour on the surface with increased sensitivity.
- understand an imaginative connection between the body, landscape and painting within a range of artists’ work.
- paint from life and from observation with greater confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For students who have experienced at least one life class and/or completed an introductory painting course.
You will need a willingness to follow a fresh and systematic approach to life painting.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mixture of demonstrations, practical exercises, painting directly from the life model, and slide shows of artists.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials including cartridge paper are provided for the course. If you wish to buy your own ready-primed A1 paper for week one and two you can use your 10% Cass Arts student discount.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use, 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
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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 course will feed into all painting and Life painting classes at all levels.
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