Ways into abstract painting
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
- exploring different pathways into making abstract paintings.
- providing a stimulating atmosphere for personal discovery.
- encouraging an imaginative, sensitive and individual handling of paint.
- becoming familiar with visual language by looking at a variety of artists' work.
What will we cover?
- Visual language in painting: colour, composition, tone and paint application.
- Different methods of arriving at abstraction: eg. starting from observation, using experimental methods, randomness, conceptual systems and translating different sensory information.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Select the pictorial and material means with which to express a range of ideas, sensations and emotions
- Use with greater confidence the visual language common to both representation and abstraction
- Be more confident with your use of colour.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for anyone with an open mind and/or some basic drawing or painting skills.
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?
You will be guided through several processes to produce abstract paintings referring to specific artists or genres. As the course progresses you will develop an individual approach to making abstract paintings. Experimentation will be encouraged.
There will be practical projects, individual guidance and encouragement, group discussion and examination of artists' work, including a gallery visit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All the standard art materials that you will need are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be able to progress onto courses such as 'Painting; Content and Meaning', 'Reading a Paint Surface', 'Contemporary Painting Studio', or Painting 1 or 2 depending on your level.
Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.
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.