In this class, students will learn all about traditional oil painting mediums and paint application methods. Alongside this we’ll learn about various types of brushes, painting surfaces, and indirect painting techniques that can be used to create sophisticated works of art based on the materials and methods of the great masters of the past.
We will be covering a lot of material in this course so the emphasis will be on understanding materials and process as opposed to focusing on creating one finished masterpiece. Students are expected to take notes, document their process through our exercises, and apply this body of knowledge to their own studio practice.
In this course, students will learn to create richly coloured artwork with the chalk type of pastels. Our subjects will range from flowers and still life to people, animals, and landscape. Over the course of the 8 weeks, students will learn a variety of pastel application techniques and experiment with different paper surfaces to explore the variety that the medium has to offer.
Students will complete both exercises and finished artworks which put theory into practice. Students can expect to complete at least three finished pieces utilizing different types of paper, pastels, and application techniques. Subject matter for these works can be chosen by the student.
Working with a variety of live models, students will learn all the techniques for drawing realistic figure drawings with an eye towards anatomical accuracy and form.
Please note that the models will be nude unless otherwise stated as being costumed figure references.
This course is open to beginners and intermediate students alike and will very much be a “how to” of the figure drawing process. Drawing people in a life like manner is hard and so often in figure drawing courses, precious little (if any) instruction is given on any step by step process to tackle the complexity of the subject. This workshop will break down the complexity of drawing a live figure and give students a road map of what to do at each stage of the drawing process.
This is not a “30 second gesture drawing, figure it out yourself” kind of class. We’ll give you the knowledge and plan, you just have to bring the focus, practice, and determination.
Each week students will work with live models set up on a platform with an optimally positioned light source. The model will take a variety of poses but please note that apart from shorter (15 minute) warm up exercises, the emphasis of this course is on long-pose figure drawing. One pose will span two classes so that students can develop their skills of observation and gain a better understanding of representing human form. The mediums used will be graphite or charcoal depending on the preference of the student. Students will work on A2 sized paper in order to have a large enough format for detailed anatomical description.