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Summer School Painting

Painting the Figure in Space

ADVANCED_PAINTING_FROM_LIFECourse Code: SC1604033
Tutor: Carl Randall
Dates: Monday – Friday, 24th – 28th July 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This course is a packed week covering a range of ways to paint the human figure in different types of spaces, and is a good introductory course or works as a refresher for those with painting experience. We start by painting the life model in the studio space, focusing on perspective and placing the figure in the room. The next day we look at a technique used by contemporary painters and the old masters, of working from miniature models as a way of working out interesting compositions. Days 4 and 5 are one project – gathering information collected from outside, and then constructing your own compositions in the studio, incorporating 3 figures into the space as a way of suggesting narrative. Oils and Acrylics both welcome.

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Drawing and Painting for Beginners

INTRODUCTION_TO_TO_PAINTING_1Course Code: SC1604031
Tutor: Rebecca Glover
Dates: Monday – Friday, 24th – 28th July 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This is a structured opportunity to gain fundamental drawing and painting skills, whilst bluring the boundary between drawing and painting by using both wet and dry materials together. Throughout the week, students will be using a limited pallet keeping the focus on tonal painting. By looking at still life, interior/exterior and portrait, students explore various ways of seeing, increasing their understanding and confidence to draw and paint. Topics include linear drawing, tonal drawing, composition, sketching outdoors, expressive drawing/painting, study of natural forms and portrait painting. A fun and intensive course that will leave students with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own artworks.

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Portrait Painting

Course Code: SC1604018
Tutor: Charlie Schaffer
Dates: Monday – Friday, 31st July – 4th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £340

This is a well structured course with an emphasis on learning to understand the construction of the head and its features and using these skills to better create more intense, expressive portraits. Working with oil paints students will develop a series of artworks, from short expressive painting sketches, to longer more detailed pieces. The students will also be encouraged to work intuitively and expressively in tandem with an emphasis on accuracy of observation. The class has the benefit of two experienced models every day, as well as tuition from a talented professional artist, Charlie Schaffer. Students will receive one-to-one guidance throughout the course, and Charlie will be on hand to give regular feedback and constructive advice. He will also be demonstrating and painting alongside the students.

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Painting for All

PAINTING_FOR_ALLCourse Code: SC1604013
Tutor: Eigil Nordstrøm
Dates: Monday – Friday, 31st July – 4th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

An exciting and well structured course for all skill levels wishing to learn how to use paint in a variety of techniques while also stimulating creative expression. The course explores the use of line, colour, tone, composition and the application of paint media while also developing expressive qualities within a composition. Sessions include painting from a life model, working from still life as well as more loosely structured creative painting using simple but effective exercises. Using other artists’ works as a source of inspiration students will explore creative methods of expression. Students then combine all these skills to create a portrait painting and a nude figure painting.

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Introduction to Oil Painting

INTRODUCTION_TO_OIL_PAINTINGCourse Code: SC1604037
Tutor: Katharine Prendergast
Dates: Monday – Friday, 7th – 11th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

A well-structured and systematic course for those who have never painted before or want to start from the beginning. Students learn to see colour, shape and tone and relate all these elements together through composition. This course aims to foster self-confidence and enjoyment of painting in a stimulating community environment. There will be work from both still-life and life models. Students will learn how to handle oil paint and understand different ways of approaching painting. Throughout the course students will learn from works of many artists to improve their development. There is plenty of guidance from the tutor and the course is fun and relaxing.

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Plein Air Painting

INTRODUCTION_TO_OIL_PAINTINGCourse Code: SC1604024
Tutor: David Caldwell
Dates: Monday – Friday, 7th – 11th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This is a fun course that offers the fantastic opportunity to paint in and around London’s urban landscape. The Art Academy is just a short stroll from the Thames, conveniently situated in the historic Southwark London Bridge area which will feature as the main focus of this course. Working with quick sketches in oil or acrylic, students will practice how to efficiently and accurately capture tone and colour in the outdoors. Creating loose and vigorous paintings, we will look at how to capture a sense of light and atmosphere at different times of day. Looking at the works of other artists we will discuss different ways of composing a painting in an urban setting. Basic painting techniques such as tone, colour and texture will be addressed, as well as creative expression in the application of paint. Painting outside of the studio is always an exciting experience and students of all levels are sure to enjoy painting outdoors.

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Figure and Portrait Painting

PAINTING_THE_HUMAN_FIGURECourse Code: SC1604006
Tutor: James Bland
Dates: Monday – Friday, 7th – 11th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

An fun and intensive week of life and portrait painting appropriate to all skill levels. Less experienced students will enjoy an introduction to portraiture and figure painting while more advanced students benefit from a refresher in figure work from an experienced artist which will progress their practice. The emphasis will be on learning practical skills as well as bringing out intuitive ability. The course will cover planning a painting and executing two types of portrait: head and shoulders and a full figure composition.

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Creative Mix

Course Code: SC1604030
Dates: Monday – Friday, 7th – 11th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

The Creative Mix is an ideal way to explore a variety of artistic methods. Over the five days, students will work through various exercises in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. This is a great ‘taster’ course and an excellent opportunity to both develop skills and get creative with your own ideas.

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Drawing and Painting for Beginners

INTRODUCTION_TO_TO_PAINTING_1Course Code: SC1604131
Tutor: Katharine Prendergast
Dates: Monday – Friday, 14th – 18th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This is a structured opportunity to gain fundamental drawing and painting skills, whilst bluring the boundary between drawing and painting by using both wet and dry materials together. Throughout the week, students will be using a limited pallet keeping the focus on tonal painting. By looking at still life, interior/exterior and portrait, students explore various ways of seeing, increasing their understanding and confidence to draw and paint. Topics include linear drawing, tonal drawing, composition, sketching outdoors, expressive drawing/painting, study of natural forms and portrait painting. A fun and intensive course that will leave students with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own artworks.

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Portrait Painting Masterclass with Sam Dalby

PORTRAIT_PAINTING_MASTERCLASSCourse Code: SC1604050
Tutor: Sam Dalby RP
Dates: Monday – Friday, 14th – 18th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Fee: £340

This five day portrait course will offer an opportunity for intensive study under the tuition of Sam Dalby. The course will allow students the freedom to work from two models, both a male and female. Starting with preliminary drawing in line on day one and and moving onto a tonal preliminary drawing on day two. The focus will then be on producing oil sketches on the third day then on the final two days it is all about completing a finished painting of the chosen model. Under Sam’s guidance, you will learn how to complete a portrait from a ‘cold’ start in the life drawing room, through the imaginative and practical stages of construction, to the final execution . This exciting course is an intensive five days that offers a high level of tutor contact time.

Educated at Harrogate College of Arts and Technology and Cleveland College of Art and Design from 1993-1997, Sam Dalby is a portrait painter with an established and growing reputation. He has been a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters since 2013. Sam is an experienced life drawing and portrait painting tutor who recognises the importance of a strong drawing technique, and how it can strengthen any artistic practice.

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Figure Painting Masterclass with Alan McGowan

PORTRAIT_PAINTING_MASTERCLASSCourse Code: SC1604150
Tutor: Alan McGowan
Dates: Monday – Friday, 21st – 25th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Fee: £340

Under Alan’s guidance, students will concentrate on developing the relationship between life drawing and painting whilst considering mark-making, colour and the handling properties of paint. These elements will be fused together over the five day course by firstly making several drawn studies in both dry materials and oil paints, followed by a one day oil painting and finally, a more developed three day painting in oil. The consideration of accuracy of observation and measurement will be looked at in relation to freedom of expression, exploration of materials and engagement with an expressive and individual painterly language. Students will receive regular one-to-one guidance throughout the course.

Alan McGowan is a figurative and portrait artist who specialises in working from life. His expressive brushwork and dynamic use of colour in combination with accomplished draughtsmanship have won him many honours including exhibiting at the BP Portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Threadneedle Prize for Figurative Art, the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition and The Ruth Borchard self portrait exhibition. In 2014 he was a semi-finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year and his work is featured in the international painting annual review INPA5, published in 2016 by Manifest in Cincinatti USA.

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Unlocking Creativity

Course Code: SC1604015
Tutor: Lorna Carmen McNeill
Dates: Monday – Friday, 21st – 25th August 2017
Days: 5
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level: All Levels
Fee: £310

This course is designed to help you “free up” your creativity by exploring a range of art materials and approaches which will promote unexpected creative discovery. You will have the opportunity to create a series of art pieces, exploring a concept of your choice which the tutor will help you to identify, culminating in your own unique creation. This course facilitates active experimentation and an exploration of creativity via all your senses. It will help to give you the confidence and discernment to realise which areas of artistic expression you wish to explore next.

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