Taking inspiration from great works of art at the National Galleries of Scotland, students on this Summer School will explore dynamic ways of recording information, developing drawings done on location into oil paintings.
Students will be guided by their own individual interests, observing works from the Galleries' extensive collections. Using a sketchbook to gather ideas on location, students will be broad in their information gathering, making quick and lively sketches which engage with composition, line, form, tone, colour and narrative. Close observation will help students develop a strong grounding in drawing and painting, which they can translate into their own visual language.
Back in the studio, finding patterns and threads of thought from their initial observations, students will expand their ideas further using a variety of drawing materials before moving in to oil paint. Colour mixing and oil painting techniques will be demonstrated, and students will be guided through the process of selecting, discarding and rediscovering ideas, building confidence and taking their drawings forward into more resolved paintings.