The Foundation Course – Fundamentals of Drawing & Oil-Painting
This course is suited to all levels.
For those wanting to study during term-time, the Foundation Course is compulsory for all newcomers, regardless of experience.
Students must complete Part 1 and Part 2 before moving on to study other subjects. In both Part 1 and 2, the term is structured: 6 weeks in charcoal followed by 4 weeks in oil paint.
Students will receive clear, step-by-step instruction with plenty of individual critique and demonstrations from the tutor. Classes are kept to maxiumum12 students; each has their own easel and will be paired up with a student at a similar stage. Please note: there may be others in the class at a more advanced stage (following the atelier method) but each group is taught to their level.
Full-time students (2 – 5 days per week) will have Foundation lessons structured into their timetable alongside other lessons such as Cast Drawing, Still Life and Figure.
Part-time students (3 hours – 1 day per week) can spread their study of Part 1 and Part 2 over two terms or there is the option to sign up to two lessons per week completing both parts in one term.
Though we highly recommend the Foundation Course, students can join our workshops and short courses without having completed the Foundation Course.
Days and Times:
Foundation classes are held on:
Monday or Tuesday: 9.15am-12.15pm; 1-4pm; 6.30-9.15pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm and 2–5pm
Many of our classes are oversubscribed, but we will try to give you your first choice. However, please also indicate a second choice.
Students attend the same class each week for the duration of the 10-week term. Term dates and prices here.
- PART 1 gives students a ‘big picture’ overview of the techniques used at LFAS. Over 10 weeks students learn the 4 key principles of drawing and painting: proportion, line & volume, chiaroscuro and colour. Students start with quick line exercises in charcoal on brown packing paper, building towards longer shaded drawing on textured paper. In week 6 they will be introduced to oil painting starting with grisaille and moving onto a limited palette. All work is either from the cast or still life set-ups.
- PART 2 introduces new topics such as edges, composition and colour theory and enables students to put into practise what they have learnt in Part 1. Students will hone their draughting skills in preparation for drawing the life model in subsequent terms, they will start to work on longer drawing and painting projects from more complicated casts and still life set-ups.
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.
After a review of the fundamentals, students learn to apply the principles of drawing and painting to the life model. The week begins with short exercises in charcoal, progressing to longer poses using a limited range of oil paints.
Sketch club, Monday 4.15-6.15pm – an opportunity to practice the day’s lessons, without tuition, to the life model.
Demonstration, Tuesdays, 4-5pm – Watch as tutors draw an paint the model live. An opportunity to deepen your understanding and gauge your next steps as an artist.
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This 5-day Portrait Course is one of our most popular.
After a brief review of the fundamental principles of drawing and painting students turn their attention to the life model. They will learn to apply the fundamental principles to the portrait, beginning in charcoal and moving to oil paints.
Sketch Club, Monday 4.15-6.15pm – an untutored session with a life model, it provides the perfect opportunity to put your new skills to the test.
Demonstration – Live painting and drawing demonstration. An opportunity to watch tutors work from the portrait model and ask questions as the process unfolds.
ETCHING JULY WORKSHOP
This five day intensive July workshop will introduce you to the main etching techniques.
You will learn how to create a line etching by copying a well-known line example. You will be able to choose from 4 examples.
Next you will learn how to create an aquatint etching, working from a simple still-life set up to create your piece.
When: Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July, 10.00am – 4pm
Where: At the Studios in Room 104A
Materials: these will be provided (no extra cost)
*accept copper plates which can be purchased in the school shop
Join Ann Witheridge as she takes students out into the parks and open spaces of London to paint en plein air.
After a morning of sketching and a brief introduction to the exigencies of the genre, students learn the principles of direct painting and composition, helping them to capture a scene and the fleeting effects of light.
PORTRAIT SCULPTURE COURSE
This 5-day sculpture course is suited to all levels and will focus on the Portrait.
Students are instructed in the principles of building armatures and handling clay, progressing to work with the life model with a strong emphasis on gesture, anatomical precision and scale.