The figure in relation to its environment has been the preoccupation of so many artists, from Diego Velázquez to Francisco Goya, John Singer Sargent to Edgar Degas. Scenes of everyday life, and the figure interacting with the world around it, have been the fundamental interests throughout much of art history. Looking at the figure in context, students will explore how we translate our observations of the tangible, visible world, and the human form in its environment, into a drawn and painted reality. It is hoped that students will leave having discovered a thorough, holistic approach to oil painting.
Over the three days, you will work towards producing a substantial painting of the figure, working directly from the model, and developing your composition from drawings and studies. Working from the figure in various poses and discovering the model through drawing and observation, you will initially study how we encounter a subject and respond to it, before developing your larger painting by the end of the course.
The fundamentals of oil painting will be taught, studying colour mixing, application, and materials knowledge. By looking to artists both past and contemporary, you will be encouraged to nurture your idiosyncrasies, looking at aspects of depth, light, narrative, composition, space in relation to the figure.
By the end of the course, it is hoped that you will have been equipped with drawing, painting and observational skills which are applicable to your work beyond the course. With an emphasis on encountering the subject and responding with earnestness and observation, by looking at the fundamental subject of the figure in context, you will leave with excitement and enthusiasm for painting.
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)
Tim Patrick (b.1988) is an artist based in London and the South West. Having initially trained in traditional portrait painting in Florence, Italy, Tim subsequently studied in Brighton and the Royal Drawing School in London. His work was recently exhibited in the 2018 Threadneedle Prize and various exhibitions in London.