Shirley’s work and study life in LFAS
I’m a kind of lucky person that finds a full-time job immediately when postgraduate from Camberwell College of Arts. And, even fortunately, the workplace is an art school with a strong artistic atmosphere, and also a warm family that everyone gets along with harmony.
From July 2019, you will notice that there was a new girl in Chinese face working in the coffee area in the shop, that is me!
At that time, I was still in an ignorant state that I had never worked formally before. Thanks to Ann and Scott’s absolute tolerance and understanding, Anna’s detailed handover and explanation of my work, and millions of help from Emma, Nada and other colleagues. I quickly adapted to and familiar with the school and my position.
I’m so happy that Ann provided me with this opportunity for studying foundation course here. Even though my majors are Art and Design and Illustration in my grad- and post-graduation. However, I never received professional and systematic fundamental art training before, either in China or after coming to Britain. I moved to England since high school, art subjects from high school to university here are mainly self-learning research, there is no professional art training of drawing and still life courses like in Chinese art schools. My drawing and painting skills and knowledge are acquired through self-study and practice. As a result, I have never been so confident in my professional skills.
And in the university, people still take the contemporary and modern art as the leading role, and pay more attention to the concept and effect of expression, as well as the meaning that the artist intends to convey and interact with the public, and also the resonance from the audience. The technique is the secondary. However, I still reckon that if you want to successfully express your ideas through artwork, a skilful technique is indispensable. Whether it is abstract painting or freehand brushwork, all the evolution should be based on a solid foundation and artistic aesthetic.
Studying foundation course in LFAS is a great opportunity for me to start to learn the basics of traditional painting systematically. Besides, I always think that the way of traditional Chinese and western oil painting and the final presentation is slightly different, and I have always been curious to find out the steps and methods of traditional western painting. So next, I will give you a brief introduction to my learning achievements and feelings in the 10-week foundation course I have done in LFAS.
我在London Fine Art Studios工作和学习的日子 – Shirley
1-3 Weeks Foundation Course – Shirley’s work and study life in LFAS
The Foundation Course is compulsory for all newcomers who want to study at LFAS, regardless of your art level and experience. The school has a special and systematic teaching method. After mastering it, it can be used in all subsequent art creations, whether it is the control of the object’s structure, composition, the use of colour or the contrast between light and dark.
The first two classes, tutors will demonstrate the introduction step-by-step, and ask us to practice by drawing the structure, shape and proportion of the geometric blocks with straight drawing lines. To observe and feel the overall size and proportion with eyes, and determine the fixed height of the top and bottom on the paper, then to determine the overall width. Use drawing lines to connect points and points to find out the relationship between each object. In the class, we will repeatedly practice the proportions of shapes and compositions by changing the placement of objects and changing the shapes of objects, for example, from a geometric block to a still life bottle or some simple shape torsos.
The third class, tutors will teach us to only consider the light and shadow. Continue to use the straight-line method to draw out the shadow side and fill in all the dark side of the object with charcoal, which also mixes with the background’s shadow. This can be more intuitive to deepen the observation of the structure of the object.
The female torso charcoal drawing below is what I did after several shadow block practices. Tutors taught us how to use different levels of values to represent different body brightness and darkness. By daubing with the fingers to make the connection between each part more natural and closer to the object we are drawing. It is a very exciting and enjoyable process to watch my work gradually getting better by daub the charcoal and correct the values to get close to the drawn object.
前三周的Foundation课程 – 我在London Fine Art Studios工作和学习的日子