A four-day intensive course suited to all levels. Students will receive instruction in the fundamentals of drawing and painting, always working from life. The course follows sequential steps, each lesson leading onto the next so that at the end of the four days students will have acquired an understanding of working from life, using charcoal and oil paints.
The first half of the course is in charcoal, learning mass drawing. This leads onto oil painting for the second half. Both mediums teach the fundamental principles of drawing and painting in mass, as opposed to line. Topics will include proportion, gesture&volume, values, edges and colour. Students will initially learn how to judge proportion & gesture, moving onto cast drawing before finishing the course with still life. Students receive plenty of individual critiques, in addition to group demonstrations.
Portrait Sculpture Course
A 3 Day introduction to our Portrait Sculpture Course
LEVEL 2 – Introduction to Portraiture | £270
Continuing working from plaster casts students will begin by producing a copy of a skull to gain a good understanding of the base structure of the head before breaking it down to simple planes. Copies will be at 3/4 life size so as to learn to work with scale without compromising anatomical accuracy. This building up of knowledge and skill is intended to give students the best possible grounding from which to progress to life model work.
Monday 29th November – Friday 3rd December
5-day figure painting workshop: £540
DAVID SHEVLINO DECEMBER DEMO & Q&A
Thursday 2nd December 6.30-8.30 – Painting Demo with Q&A
Shevlino is a renowned painter who is represented by galleries across America. He regularly gives workshops in the US & Canada; this will be his first workshop in Europe.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire or buy tickets above.
The Foundation Course – Fundamentals of Drawing & Oil-Painting
6th – 9th December
Term dates, short courses and prices here.
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 maxiumum 8 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.
13-15th December 2021
When working from a plaster cast, figure or portrait model, good draughtsmanship is essential. However, it is also important to have an opportunity to focus on the paint quality or colours. Eventually everything comes together in the perfect masterpiece!
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.
Figure drawing and painting classes are held every day at the studios, including Saturday mornings. They are also held on a Monday and Tuesday evenings. Once students have completed the Foundation Course, they can choose to enrol on the Figure Course at any of the available times.
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.