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Radiant Light

Here we have a work of art by a student here at the studio focusing on a young girl practising ballet in an interesting lighting situation. The painting does a really great job of conveying a sense of bright sunlight bathing an interior space from the outside. 
Capturing Expressions in Portraits

The above drawing done here at the studio is a wonderful example of a well drawn face created by a talented aspiring artist. I always tell my students that in learning portraiture, the primary goal of the novice should be to make their picture look plausibly human, which of course hinges on getting proportions correct.
Flower Painting

Painting flowers can be an incredibly challenging visual problem to solve for a painter. They exhibit such delicacy and a mix of subtle and saturated colour, that capturing their essence can be elusive.
Pastel Drawings

Here are two lovely examples of pastel drawings done by students here at the studio. Pastels offer a chance for people to begin working with colour without using paint. 
Value Simplification

Here's a great example of a student work done from observation here at the studio. The lighting on the cast is quite intriguing in that the features of the face are enveloped in shadow, lending an air of mystery to the representation of the face.
Technique and the young artist

Here at the studio, although most classes are for adults, we do have younger student learners from 11 years old and up. Above is a self-portrait by a talented young student who has gone through our core curriculum. It's a great job for someone so young!
Planes of the Face

The above is a work completed by a student here at the studio. Done from observation, it is an excellent example of linear precision and careful consideration of proportions, alignment, and tonal mapping. This sculpture is one of the most challenging works to draw here at the studio since there are so many complicated facets to describe and place correctly relative to their neighbouring planes.
Colour Studies

Before embarking on painting a picture, it's an excellent idea to do some preparation to guide the path of creation the work takes. Too often, people dive right into the painting process, attempting to create a finished product without any clear ideas of the artistic obstacles that lie ahead. 
Create volume with a full tonal range

Creating the illusion of three dimensional form on a flat surface is the main priority of the representational artist. Within the realm of representational art making, there is a broad range of solutions for recreating our observed world.
Brushes

Do you know the difference between all the different kinds of paint brushes that an artist can use to make a painting? Students ask all the time what sort of brush they should be using, so here's a simplified breakdown. 

Colour

Interested in colour? How to mix it, how to match it, how to choose the right paints? At Classical Realism Singapore, we cover colour in an in-depth and comprehensive way. Students learn to navigate their way around their palette without continually mixing mud. 

Direct and Indirect Painting

At the studio, we use a variety of approaches in creating oil paintings. One of the main differences in oil painting methods is the distinction between direct and indirect painting. The direct approach is exactly what it sounds like, trying to get all of the variables of painting: hue, value, chroma, correct in the first go.

Cast Collection

Here are a few examples of some of the wonderful casts we have here in the studio. Since the focus of the studio is drawing and painting from observation, having good casts (sculptures) to work from is essential. 

Sky Light!

Take a look at the wonderful skylight that we have here at the studio. Have you ever wanted to paint from natural light? Come join us and you'll get the opportunity to capture the incredible subtlety of a naturally lit scene. We'll give you expert guidance on how to best deal with a naturally lit scene!

Storage Space

Here at CRSG, we have a dedicated storage space that students can use to store their paintings and any other drawing or painting materials that they want to leave here. 

Wow! Student Work

Check out this picture painted by one of our long term students (done in oil paint). Incredible work. It's especially impressive when one takes into consideration that the initial drawing for this was done from direct observation, no photo was used.

Student Work: Landscape Painting

Today's post features a recently completed landscape painting by one of our adult students. While painting this, she explored a variety of paint application techniques with both brushes and a palette knife. 

Large Format Student Painting in Progress

Take a look at this big painting currently being worked on by one of our students. It's really big as you can see. At 100 x 150cm, it's certainly an ambitious work. Here at the studio we enthusiastically encourage students to push themselves and to try new and different things in their quest to hone their painting skills and express their visions.

Copy of a Painting by Ingres

One of the time-tested methods of learning how to paint better is to make a copy of a work by a master artist. In this case, one of our weekend students decided to make a painting based on the work of 19th century French artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. It's really coming out great!

Student Work: Large Portrait

Here's a recently finished work by one of our students. It's a really great painting. Done in oils and measuring 60x60 cm, it has a nice "loose" feel to it. There's definitely a kind of Mary Cassatt look to the work. This kind of brushy technique of representing things realistically can be really interesting.

Adult Student Work

Here's a recently completed portrait painting by one of our long term students. This person started with no prior artistic training. Amazing progress!

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