Painting 3: reading a paint surface

Course Dates: 18/06/20 - 16/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tony Hull

Develop rich and varied paintings by identifying where the paint handling engages and excites, and discover unexpected and challenging ways to take your work forward.


What is the course about?

Engaging with painting as a ‘live’ process This course looks at how paintings being made from observation may be developed through careful analysis of the paint surface. By weighing up the strengths and weaknesses of the paint's application, the course proposes that strategic decisions can be made about how best to advance the image in terms of quality, intensity, velocity and scale of mark in addition to choice of technique and palette. Knowing how to read a paint surface will prompt surprising developments in your paintings and ultimately more wide ranging interpretations of your source material.

What will we cover?

- You will not be taught how to paint, but how to employ painting in response to a developing image
- We will look at the importance of visual rhythm in decision-making and how dynamic composition (the organisation of mark-making) functions
- We'll look at how to set up a three-way dialogue between you, your painting and subject matter and how an ability to effectively read the paint surface is key to this
- We'll also look at how this dialogue impacts of your palette.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Objectively assess the performance of your painting's surface to identify pictorial need
- Make strategic decisions about how to advance your painting based on this assessment in relation to mark, technique and palette
- Apply an appreciation of visual rhythm and dynamic composition to your decicion-making
- Work on several paintings concurrently and reach wide ranging stylistic interpretations of your subject.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced level course.

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?

- You will be taught mainly through group teaching, with increasing amounts of one-to-one tuition as the course progresses
- Crits and group seminars will have an important role on this course
- All projects are designed to be completed in class, although you may wish to continue in your own time.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs, all materials are provided for the course.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to join one of our other advanced level painting courses such as 'Contemporary Painting Studio' or apply for a longer course such as the 'Build Fine Art Course' or 'Developing Fine Art Practice'.

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

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VM682

Thu, day, 18 Jun - 16 Jul '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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