Course Code E1901P002
Tutor Magdalena Blasinska
Dates Mondays, 16th September - 25th November 2019
Days 10
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £500

This abstract course is for both ‘figurative’ and ‘abstract’ artists, it will assist you in understanding some of the principles of abstract art and the connection between representational art and abstraction. Abstract artists draw from a vast range of stimuli, (visual, audio, kinetic, pure emotion or concept) it is all about distilling an experience to its essence. Over the ten weeks you will examine new visual languages, different methods of applying (and removing paint) and learn to hone their compositional eye. Analysing the works of many abstract painters will form a key part of this course. You will gain an understanding of how to organise space and colour, how to make more ‘evocative’ and less ‘literal’ gestures, and look in more detail at the general terminology and language of abstraction.

What level is this course?

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

What should I bring?

The Academy is a white spirit and turpentine free environment and only odourless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises. Students must provide their own spirits, which can be recycled for longevity.
We request that you bring 2 small jars (one with a lid, one without) to hold your spirit, and a few cloths rags for brush cleaning (such as an old cotton t-shirt).
Below is a list of what is currently required for the course. Please also check the ‘what to bring’ sections above. Your tutor will advise if further materials or equipment are required as the course progresses.
● Spectrum Alkaflow (available in Atlantis store)
● Spectrum Spectragel (available in Atlantis Store)
● Drawing equipment (inc. 2B & 4B pencils)
● A3 pad oil painting paper (optional)
● stretchers and canvas
● Gesso or acrylic primer (the range of choices will be discussed in the beginning of the course)
● Liquin Original
● Only odorless spirits, Sansodor or Zest-it (the Academy is a white spirit free environment)
● Jamjarwithlidx2
● Tear-off paper palette or even better – a bit of perspex or old frame with glass
● Acrylic paint: Burnt Umber, Titanium White
● Oil colours: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Nickel
Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Titanium Buff
● Michael Harding pernament green light or other similar colour (series 2)
● Brushes: Hogs hair brushes – Filbert no. 7 & 10, round no. 4, acrylic brush round no. 2
● Apron or old shirt
● Old rags
● Baby wipes
● Household brushes (large flatter brushes used for decorating)
● Surfaces (specified each week)

You will need to bring your own painting materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course. If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order the one of the Painting Packs, below, at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as canvas boards, paints, Zest-it etc. (card purchases only).

The Academy is a white spirit and turpentine free environment and only odourless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises. These can also be recycled on site. If you are using oil paints you must bring 1 small jar with a lid to hold your solvent as this should be reused each week. If you want to dispose of your solvent please speak to your tutor as these cannot be poured down the sink and must be disposed of correctly. 

Please also bring an apron or old clothing to wear.

The Oil Pack contains:

A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round
One tear off palette (9”x12”)
One palette knife
One bottle of Zest-it (250ml)
One 10″x12″ canvas board
One 10″x14″ canvas board
Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
Eight Daler Rowney 38ml Georgian oil tubes of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Coeruleum Blue and Burnt Umber

Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.

You will need to bring your own painting materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course. If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order the Pack, below, at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as canvas boards, paints, Zest-it etc. (card purchases only).

Please also bring an apron or old clothing to wear.

The Acrylic Pack contains:

A set of acrylic brushes, both flat and round
One tear off palette (9”x12”)
One palette knife
One 10″ x 12″ canvas board
One 10″x14″ canvas board
Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
Eight Daler Rowney (system 3) tubes of Black, White, Cadmium Red, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow

Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.

About Your Tutor

Magdalena Blasinska​ is an artist and curator who lives and works in London. She gained her Masters Degree in Painting at Royal College of Art and BA (Hons) Degree in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. Her cross cultural refernces inform her research based studio practice and takes the form of painting, drawing, object making and installation.

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: ​I Lost my Needle in a Haystack, R​ oyal College of Art, London 2018; Thumbnails,​ Hockney Gallery, London; A century of Polish Artists in Britain, Ben Uri Museum, London; Unshowable/Unthrowable, Hockney Gallery, London; ​BCC Annual Show​ Whitehall Gallery, Edinburgh 2015; ​Here/Now ​Royal Scottish Academy/Edinburgh Art Festival 2012, ​RCA:NC New Contemporaries 2010R​ oyalScottishAcademy,Edinburgh

Location

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

Art Academy Map

Refreshments and Facilities

All students have access to a common room and kitchen. Here you will find tea and coffee, a fridge, kettle, microwave and eating area.

There is a wealth of supermarkets, shops and cafes in the area as well as the world famous Borough Food Market just moments from our Mermaid Court location.

We are always striving to improve our facilities but due Mermaid Court being an old building we have limited disability access. Should you have any access requirements please speak to a member of the Academy team before booking the course.

Further Details

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
  • Sometimes our photographer will pop in to get some of our classes in progress. If you would like to not be photographed please let the photographer know!
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From: £500.00