Life drawing: a contemporary approach

Course Dates: 17/04/23 - 05/06/23
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course introduces contemporary contexts for life painting using acrylic paints to explore different creative approaches using the imagination alongside observation of the model. Suitable for all levels but some previous life drawing experience an advantage.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00

Course Code: VH893

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Mon, eve, 17 Apr - 05 Jun '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course will explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques and processes to develop your confidence in life painting to make a more contemporary response. Alongside traditional skills of how to structure and proportion the human form and how to mix skin tones, you will learn how to construct and compose a contemporary painting, using expression and imagination to produce a personal response.

What will we cover?

The course will explore a variety of techniques such as
Palette arrangement
Colour Mixing
Application of paint,
Understanding light and tone
Impasto paint (thick direct paint)
Composition including cropping
Notions of 'identity' in contemporary portraiture.

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

- Successfully compose a life painting
- Mix acrylic paint more successfully
- Improve technical understanding of using acrylic paint
- Identify areas to improve on in your life painting
Make use of strategies employed by a variety of contemporary artists.

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

This course is suitable for all levels but some experince life drawing would be an adavantage.

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

- Optional homework will be set
- Group exercises
- Individual practical work
- Most tuition will be one to one tutorials
- Some demos and slide shows / short lectures will be included in the class.

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

Basic materials are provided.


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

You may wish to enrol on any of the Portraits 1, 2 and 3 courses which include painting and run throughout the year. For more experimental approaches try Contemporary portrait studio or Experimental Approaches to Portraiture.

Amanda Bracken Tutor Website

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.