This course will teach you the fundamental techniques of painting with oils as well as how to make a faithful representation of the figure from a live model.
You will begin with introductions to every aspect of painting with oils. The tutor will describe and demonstrate tools of the trade, how to stand, see and look in order to produce the best representation. You will be guided through many classical drawing and painting techniques, condensed into this comprehensive course to help you become more confident and proficient at figure painting.
You will start with a limited palette of colours, ‘seeing’ the model and gesture/pose, practicing perspective techniques and an introduction to chiaroscuro (utilising darks and lights).
The tutor will then guide you through each stage of the process, adding colours, mixing colours, how to use mediums, the advantages of wet versus dry paints, moving from shorter through to one long pose in order to practice all of the above.
On this structured course you will learn:
- Two traditional approaches to observing and measuring the figure to get a more accurate and whole-body composition, plus understanding gesture and vibrancy to convey ‘character or energy’ in the pose.
- About the different types of brushes and how to use them.
- How to mix and apply colours and how to mix flesh tones with a limited palette.
- How to work with mediums and the versatility of paint, of ‘fat over lean,’ dry versus ‘wet’ paint.
- About modelling the figure and painting using light and shade (chiaroscuro).
- How to work with a model in the studio – setting the lighting.
- Observation techniques to get effective work down quickly.
Throughout the course, you will receive helpful tips on technique and tools. The tutor will demonstrate all the various stages in making the painting, supported with one-to-ones and group discussion to help you progress and discover your desired direction in art.
By the end of the course, you will have gained knowledge on perspective and made three or more effective figure paintings. You will have learnt about mixing colour, brushwork, chiaroscuro and finally, be amazed with your learning and improvement over the duration of this comprehensive course.
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)
Zara Drummond changed career from award-winning Industrial Designer to Fine Artist after a riding accident. She re-trained at Chelsea College of Arts, and studied drawing at the Royal College of Arts. With paintings in private collections all over the world, Zara Drummond is best known for her portraits over the last twenty years.