Get skills in: brush techniques for painting
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH330
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Ideal for the beginner but also useful for the intermediate painter who wishes to revisit fundamental painting skills. During the course we will explore the behaviour of the brush when using acrylic and oil paint. We will also take inspiration from artists who put the brushmark at centre stage in their art work such as Bernard Frize, Peter Doig and Joan Mitchell. You will receive guidance on how to improve your brushwork, aiming for greater fluency to make every brushmark count, and greater variety, to build the vocabulary of your brushmarks.
What will we cover?
- Types of brush
- Impasto and glazing
- Working wet in to wet
- Making economical brushmarks
- Increasing your vocabulary of your brushwork
- Traditional and experimental mark making.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Handle paint with greater fluency and economy
- Use mediums to achieve the desired flow of paint.
- Make marks fluently in acrylic and oil paint.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideal for the beginner, no previous painting experience is necessary, and the improver.
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?
- Tutor demonstration
- Practical activity
- One to one guidance
- 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.
Students who have their own set of brushes are recommended to bring them. Students are also recommended to bring their own photos, drawings or objects to inspire their paintings.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A wide variety of painting classes are available at City Lit for further progression, including the Hands On Art History courses which offer specialised painting classes inspired by moments in Art History.
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.