What is the course about?
A course to develop your drawing and painting skills which allows you to develop your own personal response to the subject, experimenting with mark making techniques, tonal studies and compositional ideas. You will explore the process of making paintings in both oil and acrylic paints, starting with drawings to explore ideas through tonal arrangements and composition. These compositional ideas will aid as ‘working’ drawings to allow you to have more control over your process and confidence to experiment when working towards making a finished painting.
What will we cover?
A course to develop your drawing and painting skills, exploring:
- drawing techniques including mark making, line and gesture
- ways to develop ideas through drawing
- paint handling and methods of creating surface interest in your paintings
- the relationship between colour and tone and how to use it more effectively
- the benefits of using limited colour and tonal studies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- draw and paint from observation
- build a composition using a variety of drawing and painting approaches
- use different painting media i.e. oil and acrylic paint to make a painting
- apply a colour system to create stronger paintings
- select and explore suitable subject matter.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for which some basic drawing and painting skills would be useful but not essential.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instruction, 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?
Practical work will involve drawing and painting from observation using a variety of materials including charcoal, acrylic and oil paint. There will also be demonstrations, individual guidance, group discussions and handouts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic drawing and painting materials will be provided, however if you have favourite paintbrushes or a canvas you want to try out, please do bring them along.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit 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 your studies at the weekend and explore specific themes or genres in drawing and painting such as 'Painting and the creative imagination 'Complete Painting' course, or any course within our life and portrait section.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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