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      June 30, 2010

      Wednesday   9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (daily until December 10, 2010)

      Clapham North Art Centre 26-32 Voltaire Road
      City of London, Westminster

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      DRAWING & PAINTING COURSE Full-time & Part-time


      Students will spend three hours a day drawing or painting the nude, and the further three hours drawing or painting a bargue drawing, plaster cast, still life or portrait model. A sufficient standard of drawing will be required before being permitted to paint. If one is considering attending for a sustained period, we recommend a starting date at the beginning of new poses. Please view our timetable for availability and life model sessions.

      One can choose the number of weeks one wants to attend but, in terms of availability, we do consider full time students to have priority over part time students

      Drawing is the foundation of our course and central to good painting and sculpture. We have divided the course into two parts: line drawing and tonal drawing.

      In line drawing we teach proportion, gesture and correct shapes, using ’sight size’ and comparative measurements. In the study of contour, a high degree of accuracy is obtained, along with the ability to describe the figure by the simplest of means. Students start by preparing a series of drawings, defining the figure from a few lines, to approach the full realisation of form.

      Our approach to tonal drawing is based on the association between drawing and painting. We focus on the simple reduction of tone into mass and three sets of values from light, to middle, to dark, demonstrating how patterns of light and shadow reveal form and how this prepares one for painting.

      Painting is the natural continuation of mass drawing with the addition of colour.

      Working from both the model and still life, students complete a series of exercises that cover colour mixing, paint application, to achieve textures and atmosphere in painting. We use a limited palette of 5 colours which enables the student to keep focused on tone, temperature, mark making, and painterly qualities - those aspects that can ultimately separate a painting from a photograph - which have less to do with absolute colour than with overall mood.

      Advanced projects in the drawing program allow a natural progression into working with oil paint. Students initially begin with a grisaille pallette to familiarise themselves with the medium and the problems of accurate value mixing and paint handling. They soon progress into working with the traditional limited colour palette, enabling an accurate and convincing colour impression, marrying a strong sense of drawing with the principals of direct painting.

      Students learn to appreciate the impression, the whole statement of values that belong to the specific scene they are painting, whether it be a figure, still life, or a portrait. The complicated problems of representing nature are solved by understanding the form as a combination of shapes with specific colour values, each relating to the whole. Preliminary colour studies are executed before the main work is attempted, to better understand the broad effect and flow of light. A general colour ‘block-in’ or ‘ebauche’ is developed into a work that retains unity and a strong sense of drawing. economy of detail and broadness of effect being stressed.

      Typically a painting project begins with a studied drawing in which the accurate proportion and placement of the big masses are established. This is then transferred to canvas and the drawing can be developed from a number of different angles, for instance with an initial monochromatic underpainting, or a simplified colour block in. Regardless of the specific method, a direct treatment is encouraged, striving toward a sense of the whole, where each individual component is assigned its proper importance in relation to the whole effect.

      All throughout the figure painting program lessons learned in previous drawing exercises are sustained: accuracy, proportion, capturing a lively and believable gesture, conveying a sense of anatomy, and designing a believable value scheme that describes the effect of light, are key.

      Spring Term

      11th January - 19th March 2010

      Summer Term

      19th April - 25th June 2010

      Autumn Term

      4th October - 10th December 2010


      One Term (10 weeks)

      Full Time - £2775 (5 days a week: 9:30 to 16:30)

      Subject to availability this price also includes all evening classes.

      Half days - £1388 (5 days a week: mornings 9:30 - 12:30 or afternoons 13:30 - 16:30)

      Please note life drawing is in the morning only.

      One Year (30 weeks)

      Full Time - £7950

      Half Days - £3975

      Part Time & Short Courses

      Month - £1100 (Half Day - £580)

      2 Weeks - £550 (Half Day - £290)

      Week - £275 (Half Day - £145)

      Day - £55 (Half day - £30)

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