Students initially learn the principles of drawing through line, tone, mark making and composition. A variety of drawing materials are used, both wet and dry, and students have the opportunity to work on longer sustained pieces as well as fast paced, expressive drawings. The course then moves on to working in colour and students will learn about mixing paint and applying colour. A wide range of subject matter is studied: still life, landscape and the figure.
Each class is carefully structured with different subjects, media and processes taught so that students build on their learning from week to week. All materials are provided each week in order that students make full use of their time in the studio. Most classes start with a short slide lecture of artists’ work, connecting art of the past and present to practical studio work.
The course is designed so that terms can be taken separately or more than one taken together to consolidate and deepen the learning. Tutors work with each student individually, allowing each person to work at their own level. The course is ideal for those who wish to learn new skills or consolidate existing ability, and students will finish each term with a body of large and small scale work in a variety of media.