Aimed at beginner and improver artists the first few lessons of your term will cover basic elements of picture construction using your sketch pads and cartridge paper. You will learn things like perspective, the importance of scale, balanced picture composition, shading and depth, creating form, observational sketching, enlarging pictures using a drawing grid, accurate figurative work, and simple strategies to help you sketch human facial features accurately and in the correct proportions which provides a foundation for the remainder of your course.
This introductory module is ideal for both complete novices and slightly more experienced artists and provides a firm foundation for the remainder of your tuition, teaching you how to compose your artwork correctly while observing your subject in the same way that an experienced painter does.
This is where you will start to introduce colour, texture and tone to your art using oil pastels. This is an exciting module for many budding artists as you begin to create colourful artwork using the sketching, scale and perspective techniques you learned in the first module, together with texture and depth using blending sticks and other tools.
Our experienced and friendly classroom assistants and teachers will help you every step of the way, ensuring that even at this early stage in your artistic journey you will find you are able to compose and draw appealing compositions including still-life projects and pet portraits.
Watercolour painting can be harder to master than many students initially realise, and this is something we take into account in the style of tuition we provide. Unlike acrylic paint or gouache for example, watercolour is partially transparent allowing the base wash to show through any subsequent coats you apply. The quantity of water used can cause the watercolour paper to crinkle and buckle if it is not correctly pre-stretched, which you will be taught.
Our tutors teach you how to correctly mix the different pigments on your palette, the importance of paper preparation and stretching, using a colour wheel to create tonal harmonies, how to apply a flat wash, a graded and a variegated wash to your paper, wet on wet techniques, wet on dry paint application and the different effects this creates, dry brush techniques, and the various paint brush strokes you will use as well as the impact each will have on the style and feeling of your finished pieces.
By the end of this session, you will have a number of beautiful paintings of your own on both A4 and A3 paper sizes that you will justifiably be very proud of.
This is an exciting part of your course where you will learn to use water based acrylic paint which offers vibrant colours and texture using both pain brushes and palette knives.
Acrylic paints can be watered down and applied to the canvas or paper in much the same way as watercolours, but used straight from the tube they also take on a thicker impasto quality, meaning they can be a great substitute for the traditional but messy oil paint. Acrylics are water-based so dry much faster, making your whole composition much easier to work with.
This flexibility is appealing to both beginners and more experienced artists as it allows you to create vibrant and colourful pieces with relatively little artistic experience, using impasto techniques applied with both paint brushes and palette knives on either canvas or specialist acrylic papers.
You will create a selection of traditional, abstract and semi-abstract studies using stiffer bristle and hog hair brushes on specialist acrylic paper up to A3 size under the expert guidance of your tutor, producing a range of different artwork to take home with you at the end of your art classes.
All good artwork whether contemporary or traditional, fluid or structured, abstract or more detailed and figurative, needs to be displayed properly if it’s going to look its best. In this short module we teach you how to temporarily mount your compositions from A3 down to A5 size, ready to show off to your guests at the private invitation-only exhibition we will hold at the end of your tutorials.
In the final week, you will have the opportunity to display your finest work at a private exhibition. The choice of artwork you exhibit is yours. Free tickets are available of you to invite as many guests as you would like together with those of the other pupils on your course as well. This provides a social and rewarding conclusion to your course.