Life painting weekend: expressive approaches

Course Dates: 05/08/23 - 06/08/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore and develop a personal expressive response to life drawing and painting using a variety of techniques working from the life model. Explore mark-making, rich colour and dramatic contrast to explore and experiment with expressive and dynamic drawing and painting techniques, in response to examples of Expressionist artists styles and approaches.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00

Course Code: VM447

Sat-Sun, day, 05 Aug - 06 Aug '23

Duration: 2 sessions

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What is the course about?

The course will focus on developing self-expression through the use of composition, paint handling, tone and colour. A wide range of artists who have been inspired to paint the figure expressively from life will be a source of study, as we consider how the process of painting and also the residue of layered responses, can form a basis for self-expression. Not all of the time will be spent in front of the model, as you will also be encouraged to consider the importance of such things as mixing colour, considering meaningful mark-making and texures and exploring the rigors of decision making to find solutions that help you best express your response to the model.

What will we cover?

- Draw more expressively from observation
- Make drawings of the figure in line and tone
- Use a variety of drawing materials
- Look at and take inspiration from, the work and practice of a variety of Expressionist artists.
- How to develop a range of expressive mark-making in painting
- How to make a more expressionistic response in paint

- How to mix colours
- How to apply paint to the surface
- Looking at Expressionist artists.

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

- Experiment with colour mixing
- Use a variety of mark-making techniques
- Use a variety of paint handling techniques
- Feel confident to express yourself in drawing and painting
- Respond to Expressionist artists approaches.

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

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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?

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

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

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.


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

Any of the further life drawing and painting classes depending on your level, including VH753 The City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.