The Painting Course (three days per week) is for those who want to advance their knowledge, skill and application in the discipline of painting. Practicing artists can challenge their current artistic position and newer students will develop the confidence to produce ambitious work.
This course will allow students to fully engage with the practical business of painting and develop their own individual and authentic approach to their work. Painting is taught as a process involving research, including developing ideas through drawing, extensive periods of experimentation and working using a number of different approaches, often across several paintings simultaneously.
Students work within an open and dedicated studio environment, engaging in daily dialogue with tutors and class colleagues. Weekly lectures explore the different ideas behind painting, and regular one-to-one and group tutorials allow students to push their work. Aims and outcomes of all projects are assessed in constructive class critiques; developing the student’s ability to critically reflect on their own work and that of others.
The first term introduces a range of painting methods and materials, working with oils and acrylics, mixed media approaches and ways of making paint. The second term sees each student develop their individual direction, finding their area of interest and the particular approaches that work best for them. Throughout this, students continue to explore the qualities of painting generally, such as composition, using colour and handling paint. Tutors work intensively with students, encouraging both a practical approach to honing skills and a more cerebral response to the work. In the final term the students produce a body of work for the Summer Exhibition in June.
At the end of the course students can expect to have learned about the process of creating a painting. From its inception to final resolution, be able to develop their ideas and communicate them to others and have a body of work which represents the full realisation of this learning.