Category Archives: Student Insights

THE HISTORY OF THE COLOUR BLUE

London Fine Art Studios Gainsborough, The Blue Boy, 1770

Sophia Burnell, our summer term de Lazslo scholar gave a wonderfully insightful lecture this term on the history of the colour BLUE. The colour blue defines the majority of our world – the sky reflects the sea, and therefore informs everything else we see, but it wasn’t widely used in art until the Renaissance. According […]

Etching: A Survey – History and Techniques

Etching Course London Fine Art Studios Francisco Goya Aquatint

What is etching? The word etch itself is a Germanic word for eat, where the acid would literally eat the metal. Etching is an intaglio method of printmaking, intaglio methods include hard and soft ground etching, engraving, drypoint, mezzotint and aquatint. All these methods share a common ink transferring process. The design is etched into […]

Fantasy Art – A Discussion on its Evolution

london art courses in battersea

Our scholar Benj Randell gave a wonderful and insightful talk on Fantasy Art. To summarise my talk: Fantasy art has evolved throughout history to take so many different paths that it would be a travesty to try and sum it up in one particular style of painting. Fantasy art influenced by literature including religious and […]

Dorothea Tanning: a student’s talk on the artist.

Last term I had the opportunity to give an art lecture. My chosen artist was Dorothea Tanning. I first came across her work at the Alison Jacques Gallery on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition entitled Web of Dreams. It was named after one of her paintings and spanned the periods 1939-89. She has since […]

The Practicalities of Landscape Painting

london fine art studios at night

One of the first things I learned when landscape painting was that it requires a lot of planning and equipment to make it through a full day of painting. Although it is possible to use a simple field easel, I have found that a Half-Size French Sketch Box is an excellent choice if you have plenty […]

Joys and Perils of Landscape Painting – Autumn Term

Richmond Park | London Fine Arts

This Autumn Term we have braced the cold every Thursday to go and paint by Pen Ponds in Richmond Park.  Not only have there been beautiful views to paint but also some very characterful interventions from the wildlife crossing our path – we’ve had battling swans one week and a wandering stag another.  Nevertheless, we have […]

New de Laszlo Foundation Scholars announced

We are grateful to The de Laszlo Foundation for their continued support of the school.  Now in its third year, the scholarship programme has enabled many talented young artists to further their training and build their confidence, successfully making the transition into the professional realm. We are pleased to announce two new scholars for the Autumn […]

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