Looking to artists contemporary and past, and working directly from observation of the figure, you will develop a composition from drawing to painting, culminating in a substantial painting of the figure in context.
The figure in relation to its environment has been the preoccupation of so many artists, from Velazquez to Goya, John Singer Sargent to 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 five days, students will work towards producing a substantial painting of the figure, working directly from the model, and developing their own composition from drawings and studies. Working from the figure in various poses and discovering the model through drawing and observation, students will initially study how we encounter a subject and respond to it, before developing their own larger painting by the end of the week.
Across the five days, the fundamentals of oil painting will be taught, studying colour mixing, application, and thorough materials knowledge. By looking to artists both past and contemporary, students will be encouraged to nurture their own 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 the students will have been equipped with drawing, painting and observational skills which are applicable to their own work beyond the course. With an emphasis on encountering the subject and responding with earnestness and observation, it is hoped that by looking at the fundamental subject of the figure in context, students will leave with an 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.