Guided by our artist tutors, students on the Foundation Course build up a specialised portfolio for application to higher education art schools and colleges in the UK and internationally.
For those who want to advance their knowledge, skill and application of painting. Practicing artists can challenge their current artistic position and newer students will develop the confidence to produce ambitious work.
Drawing is the foundation of art. It informs the artist’s mind, brings rigour to observation and underpins work in any discipline. It can be used for many purposes: to inform, to explore ideas, to record or for its own sake.
With an emphasis on enquiry and experimentation, the Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) course encourages students to consider new possibilities in making art, beyond traditional boundaries.
Constantly reinvented, the human figure has been studied by artists for centuries. The Figure course provides a dynamic environment for students to develop and portray their personal vision of the figure.
Edinburgh and its surroundings is the inspiration for this course; its unique light, transient weather and dramatic topography offering the artist many options for expressing a personal view of the landscape.
The One Day Painting Course provides a unique opportunity for anyone wishing to spend one day a week over an academic year refining their artistic skills through an intensive programme of teaching.
Printmaking provides an ideal method of creating new and visually exciting images and offers the artist fresh and often unexpected creative outcomes.
Leith School of Art’s Structured Graduate Residencies offers a unique opportunity to study full-time within an established Art School, advance your practice from undergraduate study and develop a substantial body of new work.
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“Renoir’s masterly adaptation of a short story by Guy de Maupassant is perhaps his best-loved film. On a country picnic a young girl leaves her family and fiancé for a while and succumbs to a brief romance. Renoir’s sensuous tribute to the countryside – and to the river – has seldom been surpassed.” (BFI)
Observing ‘Un Partie De Campagne’, students will have the opportunity to draw from the dynamic, theatrical reality of Renoir’s countryside romance. Artists including Diebenkorn and Matisse will provide inspiration for the day, allowing students to consider new ways in to drawing. Through quick sketchbook studies, students will create lively primary observations of the sensuous countryside scenes and dynamic compositions portrayed in ‘Un Partie De Campagne’.
Selecting stills from within the film, students will have the opportunity to consider composition, line and form, as well as finding colour through tone to help capture the atmosphere, movement and essence of a scene.
These initial studies will go on to inform larger-scale mixed media drawings and paintings in the second half of the session, allowing students to explore the potential of materials such as coloured pencils, erasers, charcoal, ink and acrylic paints and build confidence in mark-making.
Throughout this session, students will consider the valuable role film can play in strengthening observational skills and the importance of the sketchbook in gathering extensive research, for further drawing and painting.
‘Un Partie De Campagne’
Directors: Renoir, Jean
Cast: Sylvia Bataille, Georges Saint-Saëns
France 1936 | Black & white | 39 mins | Drama