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Easter Courses 2016

Drawing into Painting

Monday - Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, £350
04 - 08 April 2016 / 1 week

This course is suitable for beginners, or for those students with experience of drawing and an interest in developing their drawings into paintings by learning some of the first principles of painting. The course begins by exploring some of the formal issues of drawing through observation, looking carefully at tone and mark-making. These drawings will then be translated into paintings via tone and temperature and through the use of colour. Special emphasis is put on the translation of tone and line into colour, the role of colour in both painting and drawing, and the ways in which it can be manipulated. In the second half of the week we explore the organisation of pictorial space as well as strategies to generate and develop personal ideas in painting. Students will use a variety of materials including pencil, charcoal, ink and acrylic or oil. Each student’s personal development will be encouraged through the taught studio sessions, informal discussions and slide talks.

Please note: This course is suitable for beginners or to those who are more experienced but would like to re-engage with first principles of Painting.

The Expanded Field of Drawing

Monday - Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, £350
04 - 08 April 2016 / 1 week

This course is aimed at students who have experience of drawing and who are interested in experimenting and extending their skills and knowledge. (It is not suitable for beginners.) It provides the opportunity to study, in depth, the activity of drawing both as a way of thinking - how we think through drawing - and as a way to develop personal research. Working from observation will only be a small part of the course; instead, the main focus will be on experimenting with various forms of drawing within contemporary art practices. The course will be constructed around various projects which explore the formal and practical ideas of what drawing might be, for example; the subject may be observed, found, recalled, imagined, felt or constructed. There will be an emphasis on the materiality of drawing, placement/situation of the drawn image and the use of various, non-traditional materials to create new work. Each day will build on the previous day, as we explore different concepts and approaches to making. Students will be encouraged to develop their own methods of translating ideas into form as a way to generate questions. The core of the course will focus on the varied and experimental forms of drawing and students will be encouraged to use a wide variety of material, working both inside and outside the studio. Throughout the week there will be informal discussions, slide talks and regular critiques to discuss ideas and methods.

Please note: This course is suitable for students who are experienced and want to experiment, and expand existing skills.

Life Painting

Monday - Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, £350
11 - 15 April 2016 / 1 week

This course allows students the opportunity to work from the model in a sustained pose. Through intense looking, students are encouraged to consider their process of working, with an emphasis on developing a method though experimentation, reassessment and revision, using oil paint. The course is open to students of all levels although we recommend that students have a rudimentary knowledge of drawing.

Please note: This course is suitable for students interested in working from the figure, who have learnt first principles on the autumn/spring term courses in Drawing, Painting, Next Steps or Painting 2, or for those who have studied elsewhere, and will provide a grounding from which they can sustain independent enquiry.

Studio Based Landscape Painting

Monday - Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, £350
11 - 15 April 2016 / 1 week

This course is suitable for students who wish to explore and develop studio-based work in the landscape genre.  Students will be asked to bring source material to the studio and will be allocated a large working space, where they will be encouraged to develop their own practical and aesthetic interests by setting up an individual studio-based enquiry from the first day. There will be taught studio sessions in the mornings relating to landscape through drawing, colour, exploring methods and materials, and composition. Afternoons are devoted to personal development through one to one tutorials, as well as informal discussions and slide talks. Students will meet a range of tutors and develop their personal work as the week progresses.

Please note: This course is suitable for students interested in working from the landscape, who have learnt first principles on the autumn/spring term courses in Drawing, Painting, Next Steps or Painting 2, or for those who have studied elsewhere, and will provide a grounding from which they can sustain independent enquiry.

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