Life drawing and painting studio
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH449
Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)
What is the course about?
Examining means and methods of representing the human figure. This will help you develop your understanding of human structures and form, and to build confidence in handling paint in relation to life painting. You will learn to express an imaginative and personal response to the figure.
What will we cover?
Each session will isolate aspects of life drawing and painting and the means to deal with it: modelling of form; dealing with proportion and scale; issues of the figure in space - perspective and foreshortening; weight in relation to posture; and emotional mood.
You will also develop a suitable, limited palette based on colour bias, appropriate to creating form using various tonal structures. We will consider ways of constructing and organising paint, such as coloured under painting, layering, 'scumbling' and other methods, including placement, distortion, balance and rhythm.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- begin to locate areas of personal interest and your own language and style
- produce a series of works that demonstrate sustained investigation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all levels of drawing experience. All painting techniques, methods of application and means of evaluation will be taught in a structured format, within which you can work at your own level. You will be expected to follow instruction and to take part in group discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by demonstration, practical application, one to one tuition and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. All materials are covered by the course fee.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to extend your painting experience by taking additional life painting classes. Alternatively, taking your studies into Painting 2, or higher level painting courses from varying motifs such as cityscape or abstraction which would be a natural follow on from this course. If developing your work through an assessment of pictorial need proves interesting and productive you may wish to consider one of our higher-level courses like the City Lit Fine Art Course where this aspect of making is explored in considerably more detail. Advice can be sought from your tutor as the course proceeds.
Alex Hanna is an artist (painter) based in East London. His practice examines perception and the materiality of paint. He works from arrangements of objects and uses analogue and digital means as source material, whilst employing visual data to inform his creative outcomes. Many of his paintings are carried out from direct observation and within a shallow space. In 2015 he was visiting artist at the University of Leeds and has delivered workshops and a pod cast on ‘Paint Alchemy’. He has exhibited at a number of galleries including: The Discerning Eye, The Royal Academy, Marmite Prize, Salon Art Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the B.P. Portrait Award. He has works in several British and International collections including: The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art Massachusetts, University of Arizona, Prizeman Seabrook Collection and has exhibited in Poland, Japan and China. He is a member of Contemporary British Painting and is represented by Alan Kluckow Fine Art.
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.