FIGURING IT OUT
9 all-day LIFE CLASSES in the LONDON SKETCH CLUB in Dilke Street
WEDNESDAYS from October to December 2014
These TAUGHT classes are for artists of all abilities, but booking is essential as places are limited, especially as we are working around the life model. This is a wonderful opportunity to work all day in front of a life model and you can either book the whole season in advance (9 courses from October to December) or sign up for any day you like. ALL CLASSES RUN FROM 10 am to 4.30 pm.
The 9 LIFE classes will be taught using a hard-won philosophy about teaching art:
“I teach a language, not just how to copy – copying is certainly a skill, but each artist needs to do something rich and rhythmic with their ability. My approach, using led exercises, ensures that both the teacher and the students are always on the edge of discovering something new. We are all in it together, for the first time. Art, like language, has a structure, a pattern, a syntax and the common strands in visual experience can be taught and learnt. It is up to the individual to use that language with the infinite variety of individual expression. This is a liberating approach: we all might not have the skills or inspiration of a great master, but everyone who really wants to draw, can begin to make a connection between their inner and outer worlds and communicate through art.”
Every class starts with a short slideshow to introduce that day’s theme. There are three distinct approaches present in these exciting, intense and structured thematic classes, allowing artists to explore analytical, interpretative and expressive approaches:
Each ANALYTICAL day will comprise a whole day working in front of the model, with drawing exercises followed by painting, usually with a suggested palette and agreed elements to focus on.
Diana Kan: Every good painting must be based on a good drawing. Drawing is like the bones to the human body
Each INTERPRETATIVE day will involve a morning working directly from the model, usually using drawing as our means of investigation. The afternoon’s painting exercises will be transposed from the morning’s studies rather than from the model, allowing a creative approach to develop.
Arshile Gorky: Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint
Each EXPRESSIVE day will be painting directly from the model from start to finish, using specific artists’ work as catalysts.
Matisse: A new painting should be a unique thing …. the artist should call forth all of her energy, sincerity and the greatest possible modesty in order to push aside the old clichés that come so readily to hand
Here are the courses – please click on any day to find out how to book and for more details ….
WEDNESDAY 1st OCTOBER, 2014: ANALYTICAL LIFE CLASS – EARLY MATISSE
WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER, 2014: ANALYTICAL LIFE CLASS – TOULOUSE-LAUTREC