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The Fundamentals of Portraiture – SOLD OUT

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1701P10
Tutor: David Caldwell
Dates: Mondays, 18th September – 27th November 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Intermediate
Fee: £495

The aim of this course is to give students a structured approach to the techniques and methods of portrait painting. The course is intended as a revision course for students with experience of portrait painting, examining each of the fundamental aspects of portrait painting to ensure every student has a comprehensive understanding of the techniques and skills required to complete a successful portrait. The objectives are for students to revise their understanding of how to analyse form and colour, to consider again the handling and mixing of Oil Colour and how it applies to Portrait Painting. The course will also encourage students to develop the habit of looking at the work of past and present portrait artists so that this can inform their general painting practice.

David Caldwell studied at the Glasgow School of Art (1994-98) and the Royal Drawing School (2003-05). He has won several awards for portraiture including the Bulldog Bursary from the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Founder’s Purchase Prize at the ING Discerning Eye (adjudged by the late Brian Sewell). He recently displayed 77 small portraits at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. In recent years David has been short-listed for major awards including the Seven Investments Management ‘Conversations’ Prize , the Ruth Borchard Self-portrait Prize, the Threadneedle Figurative Art Prize, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Award and the W. Gordon Smith Award. David recently became a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

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Fundamentals of Oil Painting

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1701P01
Tutor: Robin-Lee Hall
Dates: Mondays, 18th September – 27th November 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Fee: £495

This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate students wishing to improve their technical skills. The aim is to teach students a basic understanding of how to work in oil paint and the practicalities of using oil painting materials. The objective is to give students the confidence to work in oils and help them start to develop a technical skill that can be used successfully to convey their visual ideas.

Robin-Lee Hall PPRP is Past President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She is an award-winning artist who specialises in the ancient medium of egg tempera. She has exhibited in and around London including the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery and the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Her themes range from figures, faces and interiors to slightly ‘off-set’ still life paintings based around traditional British confectionary, toys and cakes. In 2010 she won the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and Gold Medal at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. She teaches workshops at the Royal Academy and lectures at the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

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Introduction to Painting

Course Code: N1701013
Tutor: Nevine Fathy
Dates: Mondays, 18th September – 27th November 2017
Times: 10am – 3pmNevineFathy+Two+is+a+Crowd+Oil+on+Canvas+40x50
Experience Level: Beginners
Fee: £350

This is a well-structured and systematic course for those who have never painted before or want to reassess their approach to painting. Students learn to see colour, shape and tone, and to relate all these elements together in compositions. This course aims to foster self-confidence and enjoyment of painting in a stimulating environment. Working through a series of exercises you will gain experience and skills in painting still life, self portrait and the interior. Whilst also exploring a more creative approach to painting, helping you establish your own style and identity. This course is a fun and relaxing experience, offering plenty of guidance from the tutor.

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Tuesdays

Painting in Practice

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1701P50
Tutor: Neil Morley
Dates: Tuesdays, 19th September – 28th November 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

This is an exciting course which helps you discover what it is about painting that motivates and inspires you. The aim of this course is to teach students how to develop ideas from initial sketches, refinement of ideas through to developing coherent work, as well as developing skills and techniques that you need to develop your practice. Students will be encouraged to adopt a disciplined creative thinking dialogue in their painting practice which will enable a more informed approach to their work. The class is structured for beginners whilst also being open for more advanced students who perhaps have a clearer vision of what they want to achieve. The course begins by looking at different ways into starting a painting, working from sketches, memory and photos. It then goes on to explore your own subject matter where you will be guided step by step through the stages of developing your own painting. You will have the opportunity to develop your technical knowledge and to progress your vision as an artist.

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Thursdays

Painting Portraits from the Masters

INTRO_TO_PORTRAITURECourse Code: D1701P032
Tutor: Antony Williams
Dates: Thursdays, 21st September – 30th November 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

Learning how to paint portraits from master portrait painters has long been a tradition in figurative art, with master painters themselves learning from their forebears. This course will continue this tradition. The aim of the course is to give students the opportunity to study and analyse the approach taken by great portrait painters from the past. By undertaking in-depth study of paintings by the master portrait painters, students will learn to apply something of the techniques and approaches used by these artists. Gaining an insight in to how these artists worked will help students to think about how they paint portraits themselves, and how they develop a painting. Antony will first discuss with students some of the techniques used by the artists. Then, working directly from the paintings in a London gallery, by drawing on site and painting in the studio, students will analyse and then create copies of well-known portraits. For the final part of the course, students will develop portraits of their own, influenced in some way by the portrait they have been copying.

Antony Williams (R.P. P.S. N.E.AC.) studied at Farnham College and Portsmouth University. His work is on display at the National Portrait Gallery and the House of Commons and recent awards include amongst others, the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2012, the Changing Faces Prize in 2010 and the Arts Club Prize 2004 and 2008. He has been a member of the New English Art Club since 2007, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters since 1996 and the Pastel Society since 2007. Commissions include HRH The Queen, RT Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Sir Donald Sinden, Ömer Koc, Amartya Kumar Sen and Sir Alan Budd.

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Abstraction I

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1701P21
Tutor: Magdalena Blasinska
Dates: Thursdays, 21st September – 30th November 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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.

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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Composition

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1701P04
Tutor: Alison Hand
Dates: Thursdays, 21st September – 30th November 2017
Times: 10am – 5pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £495

This course is a packed ten week investigation into all aspects of composition in painting. The course is developed around four overarching themes – positioning and cropping; layering and collage; harmony and balance; and painting in a digital age – each lasting two weeks, which will be explored through subjects such as the figure, landscape, abstraction, and media, and inspired by through looking at and discussing a wide range of paintings and their contexts. Every two weeks, we introduce the theme through a morning gallery visit or studio discussion on selected paintings to investigate specific compositional aspects and themes, followed by sketching / gathering images and ideas. The class then discusses and plans the resulting painting(s), which will then be completed the following week. Whilst the course is structured to offer a broad view of composition, students will be encouraged to incorporate their particular interests, to ultimately produce paintings that explore different aspects of composition and are experimental, but also feed in to each student’s own art practice.

Alison Hand holds an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art and is a published writer on art and architecture. She has exhibited in Germany, Hong Kong, London and across the UK, and has also curated a number of shows. Her paintings and drawings have won many awards including the Basil H Alkazzi Scholarship; the Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art; and the Stephenson Harwood Award.

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Saturdays

Portrait and Figure Painting

PAINTING_IN_PRACTICECourse Code: D1701P31
Tutor: Edward Sutcliffe & James Bland
Dates: Saturdays, 23rd September – 2nd December 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. This term, Ed Sutcliffe and James Bland will look at the Clothed Figure. During weeks 1 – 5, Ed will focus on the basic requirements for creating a painting of the clothed figure. Students will work both in tone and colour, from a series of short poses and then from a long 3 week pose, enabling them each to create their own painting. The class will enable students to work at their own pace, to take account of different levels of ability and experience. In weeks 6 – 10, James will continue to look at issues of proportion, tone and colour, as well as lighting and composition. The course is aimed at both beginners and students with experience of portrait or other painting.

Edward Sutcliffe is a figurative painter. His work has been shown in London, Dubai, Seoul and has been included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery 7 times – in 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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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