Get skills in: painting processes and mediums
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VH022
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will learn the basic skills needed to paint from observation and develop confidence in using acrylic paint, as suggested by the tutor.
What will we cover?
We will cover paint and how it works in relation to tone, colour, method and technique. The course incorporates basic colour mixing and develops experience in paint handling in relation to painting from observation. You will be encouraged to try a variety of techniques used by different artists, whose work will be used as examples.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use paint to describe the basics of tonal structure
- explore composition in painting
- mix colours using basic colour theory
- use a range of painting techniques such as 'impasto', 'scumble' and 'glaze'
- identify the work of artists and other practitioners.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for beginners. Some drawing experience is helpful but not essential.
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?
Practical work, individual and group tutoring, group discussion, demonstrations, visual presentations and handouts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic paints and brushes required for the course are provided.
You will need to bring with you the following materials:
1. A palette knife
2. Rags or kitchen roll
3. Old clothes
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Start painting naturally leads on to Painting 1, which prepares you for the technical approaches to painting.
For maximum benefit, we recommend you do both 'Painting 1' and 'Painting 2' or both modules in our Saturday school, 'Complete painting course part 1: beginners' followed by 'Complete painting course part 2: intermediate'.
There are a number of other next level painting courses that would be ideal progression routes from Start Painting, such as 'Ways into abstract painting', 'Painting and the creative imagination', 'Oil painting for beginners' or 'Painting from plants and flowers'.
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.