ONLINE: Ways of Seeing: Representation into Abstraction

ONLINE: Ways of Seeing: Representation into Abstraction

27 Jul - 31 Jul 2020
Price per person £250.00

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Monday - Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm




27 Jul - 31 Jul 2020

Course Staff

Val Mclean Tutor

Working from home and using materials available to them students on this course will be guided through a series of exercises which explore different ways of looking with a view to developing a unique and personal artistic response to a still life set up.

Starting with monochromatic observational studies students will consider the visual potential of different mark making, tonal and compositional decisions before moving towards the use of colour. Then, drawing on the work of artists such as Matisse, Anne Redpath and Elizabeth Blackadder guidance will be given on the expressive use of colour and how to edit and refine aspects of a composition in order to develop an individual aesthetic. Two finished pieces will be developed over the course of the week and students will develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between the representational and abstract properties of an image, moving beyond the purely illusionistic to create works which convey a creative and personal response realised through the dynamic use of mark, shape, colour and composition.

Students can either set up their own still life or can work from an image provided. Full guidance on how to construct a still life will be given prior to the course.


All UK-based students will be provided with an A4 Leith School of Art sketchbook and set of 3 paintbrushes. These will be sent by post prior to the course. If booking within 3 days of the course start date we can not guarantee that these items will reach you in time for the beginning of the course. Students must source all other required materials and advice on suppliers will be provided upon booking. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.

Materials required:

Selection of pencils


Charcoal (thin, medium and thin)


Set of chalk pastels

Biro pen

Ink and stick/pen

masking tape

Acrylic paint (White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red, Crimson) 

Piece of card (to make viewfinder, eg. cereal box)

A2 cartridge paper x 2 (white or cream)

Summer School Online

All courses require a computer or tablet device with:
- stable internet connection
- camera (for video calls and photographing your work)
- microphone (for video calls)

Courses will take place using Google Classroom, and are limited to 15 students to allow for quality one-to-one teaching.


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