The course aim of this structured fine art drawing course is to assist you to develop the potential of your drawing practice by placing it within an art historical context through the use and exploration, in theory, and in practice, of the techniques, strategies and attitudes developed and employed by the masters. Most importantly, it will assist you in helping to clarify the categories and distinctions within drawing, for example, when to use either an objective or subjective approach towards a subject.
Tuition will be given through continuous demonstration and supporting lectures.
The Classical Tradition
Part 1: Developing physical skills and introducing the fundamental principles of the Western Drawing Tradition. (Tintoretto, Rubens, Rembrandt)
Part 2: Identifying and developing the appropriate attitude towards the subject and the introduction narrative. (Rowlandson, Daumier, Piranesi)
Part 3: Refining method and technique. (Degas, Watteau)
The Modern Tradition
Part 4: Developing the subjective: Introducing and realising the potential of various mediums. (Redon, Van Gogh)
Part 5: Developing the expressive. The merging of technique and feeling. (Picasso, Schiele)
The British School
Part 6: Introducing the empirical. The subjective and analytical response. (Uglow, Auerbach)
Part 7: The lyrical, the dramatic and the visionary. (Piper, Nash, Hilton)
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
John T. Freeman was born in London 1958 and trained at Bath Academy of Art ( Corsham ) and Chelsea School of Art . He has taught since 1985 as a freelance tutor and lecturer to all levels of ability across a wide spectrum including the computer games industry , Lion Head and Media Molecule , Hurtwood House School, Watts Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Prince of Wales Drawing School.