Introduction to Figurative Painting

The course will target acrylic painting initially, but it is hoped that we will have scope for some work with oil. The subjects will vary as well as approaches. Key to this will be reference to colour and mark-making/application alongside composition with contextual reference/guidance.

Course Content

The aim is to work from the figure with various considerations /constraints/challenges each week to hone your painting strengths. Once the key objectives are clear for each session, you can expect one to one support to help provide options and direction for your practice. The course will focus on working with a range of models as subjects in both clothed and unclothed settings.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Considered the potentials of different drawing/painting media through their use in a life room context, from charcoal, to pencils, ink and Painting media.

Have worked through different approaches to colour use.

Begin to become familiar with some examples of successful Painting
from both historical and contemporary contexts.

You will become familiar with the construct of a traditional life Painting studio and gain confidence in this environment.

Become comfortable with talking about your own work and that of others.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

First Class Requirements

Pencil and/or charcoal, sketchbook, rubber, basic range of acrylic paints. Old clothes/apron to protect clothing. You are expected to provide your own art materials. Paper is available to purchase from the college. At the start of the course the tutor will give advice and issue a more detailed materials list.

Assessment Methods

You will learn through practical hands on experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, keeping a sketchbook , looking at the work of artists who inspire you , personal and group critiques , tutor demonstrations and formal tuition Individual and group tuition