The Full-Time course is suited to those wishing to pursue a career in the arts, whether that is in the figurative tradition or in some other aspect of the creative industries.
Students come from, and go onto work in, animation, graphic design, concept art and even as tattoo artists, to mention but a few. Others are represented by galleries in the UK and abroad and regularly receive commissions.
We provide a supportive community in which to learn and plenty of opportunity to deepen your knowledge and build networks for the future.
Full-time: 4-5 days per week
Class times: 9.15am-12.15pm; 1-4pm, Monday-Friday
Those aspiring to be professional artists can expect to train for 3+ years.
Students will sign up to and attend the same classes every week for the duration of the 10-week term. Term dates and prices here.
The course comprises both foundation and life modules. It offers comprehensive training in the classical techniques and aims to provide students with the skills and confidence to find their own painterly expression.
- Foundation – to begin with emphasis is given to mastering the fundamental principles of drawing and painting – judging proportion; training the eye to see in mass; understanding values and finally, colour harmony and paint application.
- Advanced Cast Drawing – in order to become a confident, accomplished and versatile artist it is necessary to develop strong draughting skills. A part of each week will be spent in the Advanced Cast Drawing Studio, working on longer projects in charcoal.
- Life Drawing & Painting – as students hone their draughting and consolidate the fundamentals, transition to life work becomes the logical next step. Beginning with nude and always working from the life model time is taken to apply the basics to the human form and eventually the portrait.
- Additional Modules – over time there is the option to include any of the following in your week as a compliment to cast drawing and life work: Gesture & Anatomy, Still Life, Landscape, Printmaking & Etching, Sculpture
- Throughout the term there are student-led art history discussions and technique focus groups as well as an untutored sketch-club.
At the beginning of term students will need to buy a box of charcoal and chamois (fabric for erasing), available from Lavender Hill Colours (£4.75). Paper is provided initially. In week 4 you will need to buy quality paper so as to more effectively work the chiaroscuro stage (£1 per sheet). In week 7 or 8 students start to work in oils, for this will you will need a Starter Painting Kit.
Recommended Further Studies:
We encourage students to compliment their studies by taking the time to visit exhibitions and practice sketching in museums. In addition, the Studios host a range of events throughout the term aimed at enhancing the artist’s understanding of their craft and the tradition that they are working within.
We recommend the following books available from Lavender Hill Colours
Alla Prima II – Richard Schmid (paper back or hard cover)
Alla Prima Companion II – Katie Swatland
Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing Techniques and Tips – Henry Yan
The Painter’s Methods & Materials – A.P.Laurie
Charles Bargue & Jean-Léon Gérôme Drawing Course – Gerald M. Ackerman
A Manual of Oil Painting – John Collier
The Painter in Oil – Daniel B.Parkhurst
The Art Spirit – Robert Henri
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials – Harold Speed
The Practice & Science of Drawing – Harold Speed
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