Painting the figure in oils is both challenging and rewarding, and oil paint makes an exciting medium for life drawing. During the course you will look at how to develop methods and strategies for developing life drawing, working with life models, starting with dry drawing media and progressing to using paint – looking at tone, mark-making and colour palettes. The aim of the course is to enable participants to use oil paint in a life drawing situation.
Look at core drawing skills, composition, tone, how to begin a drawing, the role of line, measurement and mark-making;
Consider how these factors will be influenced by the material considerations of oil paint;
Look at how oil paint works and consider colour range and limited palettes.
You will be able to relate the techniques of drawing to the physical properties of oil paint.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- The model who will sit for the course and some A2 card will be provided.
What students need to bring
- Odourless solvent (Zest-it)
- Palette and brushes
- Charcoal and rubber
- 4 sheets of A2 newsprint or cheap cartridge paper. 3 sheets of A2 white cartridge, 2 sheets of A2 brown/grey toned paper.
- 1 board/canvas approx. A2
- Oil Paints: Prussian Blue, French Ultramarine, Yellow (Primary Yellow or Chrome Yellow, etc.)
- Warm Red (Cadmium Red (hue) or Vermillion), Alizarin Crimson, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre,
- Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Paynes Gray, Titanium White and Zinc White
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A good variety of art materials including oil paints in Prussian Blue, French Ultramarine, Yellow (Primary Yellow or Chrome Yellow, etc.), Warm Red (Cadmium Red (hue) or Vermillion), Alizarin Crimson, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Paynes Gray, Titanium White and Zinc White. Zest-it odourless solvent, palettes, brushes, charcoal, rubbers, paper etc.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).