The Importance of Working from the Figure Model: A true understanding of the fundamental principles of figurative art: proportion, volume, gesture, values, edges and colour, can only really be taught and learnt by working from life, and especially from the life model.
In the history of art education it was often considered the highest form of art and the foundation for all other aspects of drawing and painting. Students were expected to understand and draw the figure before they could move onto other subjects. This is not because it is the easiest but, conversely, because it is the most challenging discipline. Once a student has mastered the figure, all other subjects are relatively easy – portraiture, landscape, still life, composition, colour etc.
At London Fine Art Studios, students first work from the plaster cast as part of the Foundation Course. However, if signed up to more than 1 day a week, we compliment cast drawing with work from the life model. In this way you can balance what you are learning from with the plaster cast (Proportion, Gesture and Values) to the figure model. The difference is not subtle but, if balanced, is very clear. The model may move slightly, has flesh tones so that the value patterns are not as clear, the philosophy of the approach should remain the same; Proportion followed by Gesture followed by clear value patterns to Edges and modelling.
Students on the Figure Course begin by working in charcoal on packing paper, they move into massing-in and chiaroscuro on quality paper in week 3 & 4. By the end of their first term they may be working on toned paper with sanguine, chalk or pastels. Students can also move onto grisailles paintings and a limited palette in the second term.
This course is an overview of our foundation course, studying the fundamentals of drawing and oil painting.
Please arrive anytime from 9.30am for set-up. Teaching will be from 10am.
There will be a 45mins lunch break from 12:15 – 1pm and there is a coffee shop at the studios.
Students learn the 4 key principles of drawing and painting: proportion, line & volume, chiaroscuro and colour.
In the morning, Students start with quick line exercises in charcoal on brown packing paper, building towards longer shaded drawing on textured paper.
In the afternoon they will be introduced to oil painting starting with grisaille and moving onto a limited palette still-life.
All work is either from the cast or still life set-ups.
We will provide the basic materials, to borrow.
Students are very welcome to bring their own materials.
Etching and Printmaking Courses
The course focuses on the fundamentals of intaglio printmaking, using modern non-toxic and safe alternatives to traditional methods.
Beginner students will explore intaglio printmaking techniques using aluminium, a cheap and effective metal for intaglio printmaking. Students will be taken through the various methods of intaglio printmaking from dry point, hard ground, soft ground and aquatint. As aluminium is inexpensive compared to copper much experimentation can be done in order to understand the effects of the different processes. Students will also be shown copper and zinc as they develop along with how different inks and papers greatly affect the outcome of a print.
Later on, the students will work with different printmaking disciplines including aquatint and monoprint.
First aluminium plate and inks are provided. Further plates and papers are available from Lavender Hill Colours.
March Pastel Portrait Workshop
All levels welcome. The workshop will cover the elements in creating a pastel portrait from start to finish. We will look at materials used, starting with portrait drawing block ins with sanguine to the different colours and temperatures, and various techniques of layering and blending.
To book your place please contact us at email@example.com
A short course focused on colour harmony and composition, including an introduction to alla prima painting.