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Painting

Mondays

Interior/Exterior

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P06
Tutor: Eigil Nordstrøm & Martin Brown
Dates: Mondays, 24th April – 26th June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

This exciting course will use interior and exterior locations as a means of exploring all kinds of pictorial possibilities, both narrative and formal. The first part of the course will be creating work in response to interior settings. Starting in the studio, we will consider issues of perspective such as establishing the horizon line, key vanishing points and receding lines. For the second five weeks, you will work with urban and ‘rural’ landscapes. In this part of the course, we will work on-the-spot in the London Bridge area and in a London park, making sketches and creating compositions that generate a sense of place and feed off the energy of the city and its rural spaces.

Eigil Nordstrøm is a Norwegian painter currently based in London. He studied with Peter Sutton in Norway, and Hans-Peter Szameit in Sweden, before completing the Diploma in Painting at The Art Academy, where he was the Wolfendale Patron’s Prize winner of 2011. He has exhibited both in the UK and Norway, and has an MA in Fine Art from the City & Guild’s School of Art. He was awarded first prize at the Gemini Art Prize.

Martin Brown is a practising artist, based in London, originally from Australia, where he studied and taught at the National Art school in Sydney. Martin’s painting deals primarily with the depiction of the urban environment. He has exhibited internationally, and was recently awarded the Founders Purchase Prize ING Discerning Eye 2016.

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Developing Techniques & Ideas for Paintings – SOLD OUT

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P14
Tutor: Magdalena Blasinska
Dates: Mondays, 24th April – 26th June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

This course is about learning how to think in paint, explore the potential of paint, and understand the medium of paint. It will encourage you to create your own mark making vocabulary and embrace the joy of working on different surfaces such as cotton, linen, wood and paper. It is also about how you can realise your ideas through paint. Looking at the work of contemporary artists as well as painters from the past, you will learn how the language of paint has been used by other artists, and ways in which you can use this language yourself. The course is ideal for those who would like to start to work with paint, and for more experienced painters who want to learn more about diverse approaches to painting.

Magdalena Blasinska gained a BA at Edinburgh College of Art and is currently studying for an MA at the Royal College of Art. Her very specific way of looking and thinking about paint has always determined her practice resulting in constant experimentation with surfaces and painting materials. Previous exhibitions include: WiP Royal College of Art; Here/Now Royal Scottish Academy/Edinburgh Art Festival, RCA:NC New Contemporaries 2010 Royal Scottish Academy.

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The Shape of Colour

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P15
Tutor: Caroline List & Laurence Noga
Dates: Mondays, 24th April – 26th June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

This course looks at colour as form. The approach will particularly enable you to think about colour theory and a synthesis of processes, structure, and surface: consider how you will develop composition, specificity of colour choice, and surface fracture (handling of the paint). We want you to think carefully in terms of your response to colour itself, it’s fluidity, scale and dynamic juxtapositions.The context and theory will be important in underpinning your initial exploration.

Caroline List has an MA in Painting from Chelsea School of Art. She has exhibited in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and China and also curated several successful exhibitions in London. In 2007 she was nominated for the Brian Robertson painting prize and previously won the first prize in painting at the Royal Over-Seas League annual competition.

Laurence Noga exhibits Nationally and Internationally. He is an Artist, Writer and Curator. Laurence lectures at Camberwell/Wimbledon, University of the Arts London.

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Personal Project with the Figure

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P52
Tutor: Susanne du Toit
Dates: Mondays, 24th April – 26th June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Fee: £495

This course gives people some experience of figure and portrait painting the opportunity to think more carefully about the context within which they paint a portrait and their intentions for their painting. The course is intended to give you the freedom to develop your own practice, with access to a model and guidance from Susanne du Toit – an expert portrait and figure painter.

Susanne du Toit trained at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and obtained a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the BP Portrait Award where she won First Prize in 2013.

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Tuesdays

Advanced Clothed Figure Painting

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P80
Tutor: Andy James RP
Dates: Tuesdays, 18th April – 20th June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Fee: £495

This course is an ideal opportunity to develop a number of different aspects of painting, from an understanding of colour mixing, tonal painting, proportion and figure drawing, through to composition, creating a likeness, developing narrative in the work and formal elements of design. The aim of this course is to teach you how to develop ideas from initial sketches and the refinement of ideas through to developing coherent work. The class is structured for more advanced painters who perhaps have a clearer vision of what they want to achieve. This course requires a reasonable level of experience in both drawing and oil painting.

Andy James is a self-taught artist, based in Kent and has been painting full time since 1987. Andy was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait painters in 2002 and became its vice president in 2008. He was winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and the Changing Faces Award in 2013.

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Thursdays

Introduction to Painting from Life

INTRO_TO_PORTRAITURECourse Code: D1603P18
Tutor: James Bland
Dates: Thursdays, 20th April – 22nd June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Beginner
Fee: £495

This course is for beginners and is designed as a comprehensive introduction to the practice of painting from life. Students will learn the skills of direct observation, working from life models and still life, learning the techniques of how to mix colour, handle and apply paint. The course will also give you an overview of the art history of observational painting. You should leave confident to join higher-level figure and portrait classes.

James Bland is an oil painter and a member of the New English Art Club. He teaches figure and portrait painting from life at all levels. He has won numerous prizes, including first prize in the Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards in 2013 and the Doreen McIntosh Prize at the New English Art Club in 2015. His work is in private collections internationally and he exhibits at various galleries in the UK and overseas.

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Abstraction II – SOLD OUT

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P72
Tutor: Katharine Prendergast
Dates: Thursdays, 20th April – 22nd June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

This is a structured course that will assist you in a further understanding of abstract painting. Over the ten weeks you will examine different approaches to abstraction. As a group you will analyse the work of both contemporary and key practitioners from the past. This will form an integral part of the course using other artist as inspiration and guidance to create your own body of works exploring similar techniques.

Katharine Prendergast is a practising artist who lives and exhibits in London. She studied at St Oswald’s School of Painting and City and Guilds School of Art. She has been teaching at The Art Academy since 2008.

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Composition with Portrait & The Figure

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P19
Tutor: Carl Randall
Dates: Thursdays, 20th April – 22nd June 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Fee: £495

This course is about creating compositions featuring portraits and figures, with an emphasis on the placement of the figure within space. Providing an exciting opportunity to develop skills in figure painting, the versatile course is designed to give a broad and varied understanding of figurative painting, portraiture, design and composition, monotone & colour painting techniques, and the use of acrylic & oil paint. As well as developing figure-painting skills, it will focus on understanding the tools of image making, design process, the formal elements of constructing figurative artworks, and how to create pictures that combine people and places with interest and substance. This course is suitable for beginners and those more experienced in painting.

Carl Randall is a graduate of The Slade of Fine Art, BA, Painting, The Princes Drawing School, the Drawing Year, and Tokyo University of Fine Arts, MA & Doctorate, Fine Art. He is a previous 1st prize winner of The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, and the 2012 BP Travel Award.

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Saturdays

Portrait and Figure Painting

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1603P31
Tutor: Sara Lee Roberts & Roxana Halls
Dates: Saturdays, 22nd April – 24th June 2017
Times: 10am – 4pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

Taught by experienced, pre-eminent portrait and figure painters, the Saturday Portrait and Figure Painting Class introduces students to different approaches to portraiture and figure painting. In this course, Sara Lee Roberts and Roxana Halls will look at capturing the character of the sitter through portraiture and creating a narrative. During weeks 1 – 5, Sara Lee Roberts will look at creating an atmosphere in a painting and capturing the personality of the sitter. In weeks 6 – 10, Roxana Halls will work with students to create a narrative for a painting, using composition, props, fabric and setting.

Roxana Halls has held several successful solo exhibitions including at the National Theatre and on Cork St. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions such as the B.P. Portrait Award on five occasions, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait exhibition, also in many group shows, art competitions and art fairs. Her awards include the Villiers David Prize & the Discerning Eye’s Founder’s Purchase Prize

Sara Lee Roberts most recent work combines abstraction with portraits taken from old master compositions. She has a special interest in the writings of Eugene Delacroix and in using other artist’s writings as a source of inspiration. She teaches at the Royal Drawing School and at the Wallace Collection.

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