Introduction to painting still-life
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Dedicate some time to developing your painting in a series of controlled steps. Learn to select and prepare surfaces and materials, build a composition around a still-life and make supplementary studies to guide your colour application. For absolute beginners.
Course Code: VM584
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn the essentials of Still-life painting step by step, from paint handling and colour theory to composition.
For absolute beginners.
What will we cover?
How to develop a still life painting.
Painting techniques in both acrylics and oils such as scumbling, layering and wet in wet.
Tone and colour theory.
How artists work with tone, colour and composition.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Begin and develop a still life painting
- Identify and render tone and colour
-Appy a range of painting techniques in either acrylics or oils
- Gain an understanding of how artists work with tone, colour and composition.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for beginners or for students wanting a clear grounding. Some drawing experience is helpful but not essential.
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.
The tutor will suggest artists to explore in relation to each project.
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. Rags or kitchen roll
2. Wear old clothes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This will lead you on to other intermediate courses in the next academic year, such as Painting 1 or 2 or Complete
painting course part 2: intermediate, which prepare you for the technical approaches necessary for oil or acrylic
painting on higher level painting courses such as Ways Into Abstract Painting or Painting and the Creative
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.