What is the course about?
This life class offers the rare chance to sustain and develop two well-researched and expressive paintings from the human body over a long period.
There will be two distinct poses, sustained for five weeks each and a different model for each pose.
You will use drawing to research structure and form, then paint in acrylic or oils.
Paint-handling and colour-mixing exercises will enrich the paintings as they develop.
What will we cover?
- Using drawing to research the body in terms of proportion, scale and weight in relation to posture;
- Using a limited palette to create form, tonal structure and mood within each pose;
- Pacing and sustaining the development of a life painting over weeks.
- Exploring the surface beauty of the body through colour layering and paint-handling techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Represent the figure effectively in painterly terms
- Have an expanded sense of paint handling and technique
- Begin to locate areas of personal interest and your own language and style
- Use drawing effectively to research fully resolved life paintings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for people who have attended life drawing classes.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be two long and contrasting poses, for half the course, each with a different model.
There will be technical and paint-handling exercises given to assist you in your development.
An investigation of artists and approaches through books and/or websites will be suggested over the weeks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers basic drawing and acrylic painting materials, (with the option of oil paint) paper and brushes.
Advice will be given on preparing supports if oils are to be used.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue investigating the figure with life drawing courses. Alternatively, you could develop a wider
approach to painting by doing any of the various painting courses, including the fine art course. If you wish to pursue a higher education route, you could consider the portfolio preparation programme. Also VH753 Build year of the Figure and Portrait gives an oportunity to study the figure in depth.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details