How to paint: working from life and imagination

Course Dates: 22/11/21 - 13/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
This short online module in painting will focus on compositional and abstracted studies as well as working with a range of sources to influence and inform your own painting project.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VO167

Mon, eve, 22 Nov - 13 Dec '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This online module offers a comprehensive guide and way in to making paintings from observation, imagination, and collage. Using composition, tonal values and colour to support the development of a considered painting project. Learn how to lay a muted colour ground and build your work up bringing marks in from a range of tools and applications. This online module can be studied and completed on its own or as part of our trio collection of online painting modules. Other modules include Painting: colour and composition and Painting: application, handling and layering.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Colour mixing and developing an artist’s palette
- Exploration of abstraction and abstracted studies including how to abstract compositional drawings
- Working from photographs, still-life and sketches and how to combine and configure
-looking at a selection of artists how to generate ideas and painting projects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Explain abstraction in painting
- Demonstrate how to use compositional drawings to influence painting work
- Mix secondary and tertiary colours
- Apply paint with confidence
- paint objects from life, studies and collage
- Enlarge their observational and imaginative skills.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for beginning or intermediate painters.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a practical course, where painting is learnt by working on a series of projects. Learners will be painting throughout all sessions, with some time being given to looking at contemporary and historic paintings. Details of these, and reminders and other resources will be available on google classroom. There is no homework, but learners will be encouraged to research artists.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need painting, drawing, and collage materials and equipment, and a suitable space to work where you can prop your work up, and spread out your palette and paints, and be messy.

You will need to be set up for drawing with coloured chalk pastels or chalk and charcoal, and drawing paper for session one. Collage materials will be needed for session two – details will be given in session one and google classroom. You can stick your collage to thick paper or card.
Please be ready to paint in sessions three and four, we will begin the session with instructions on how to set out palettes.

Please have a palette, which can be an A3 sized piece of plastic/Perspex/formica/board, a palette knife, a few basic bristle brushes (minimum 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small) cotton rags. Water or PVA for mixing acrylic paint.

If using oil paint, you need ‘Liquin’ or linseed oil for dilution, a palette knife, and washing up liquid to clean your brushes.

You will also need something to paint on. If using acrylic, this can be thick cartridge paper or card. For oil, it can be a pad of A2 or A3 oil painting paper. You can have one or two A2 or A3 canvases for the longer painting for either oil or acrylic.

You will need the following paint (*oil or acrylic) colours: Cadmium red or vermilion.,Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, French Ultramarine, Cerulean blue, Titanium white

Please also have some scrap paper for collage, and glue (instructions on how to make rice paste will be provided on our google classroom) and
a small box of coloured chalk pastels, a rubber, and a few sheets/pad of A2 or A3 drawing paper.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue to focus on particular painting skills with our selected online painting modules or move into drawing online. Alternatively you may wish to continue learning painting for a longer duration with a focus on abstraction or portraiture. For all course details and a full range of options please visit our website.

Kate Hardy Tutor Website

Kate is a painter and a founder member of Chisenhale Studios in East London where she works most days. Her work explores memory of film and architecture, and has been shown in over 100 group and solo shows in London and internationally. Kate’s approach to teaching is a sharing of passion for painting, with colour mixing as the first step.She has a BA in painting from St Martin’s School of Art, and has an MA in drawing and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan School of Art, as well as a PGCE from the University of London Institute of Education.You can see her work on Instagram: @katehardystudio and student work from her museum drawing course: @museumdrawing

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.