Drawing / Painting for beginners and Intermediates
Do you want to learn how to draw and paint as a hobby or even take your skill to a professional level?
MY PHILOSOPHY Every person has a creative nature within since creativity was always considered as another form of communication between humans. However to be able to express what you feel you will need to know the skill how to do it, or else it will end up in endless time of frustration. The good news is that everyone can learn how to draw and paint and it all depends upon your will to do so, patience and lots of practice. Guidance by a tutor will help you to achieve this.
AIM of MY CLASSES My aim is to teach you how to draw and paint so that you will be able to create your own work. This takes time, dedication and lots of practice. The priority is to understand and learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Once you learn the fundamentals you will be free to create what ever you want.
MY CLASSES My current classes run over an 8 week period and although I follow a structured curriculum this is always adjusted according to individual's needs. So there is no rush to cover the curriculum during one term just to say that we ticked all the boxes.
The aim of the curriculum is to teach you the skills in a step-by-step method starting from simple moving on to complex. There is no point to try to draw or paint complex subjects without knowing some basics.
The curriculum (program) The drawing program will cover the basic principles of drawing such as measuring scale, linear perspective and use of light and shadow to create 3 D illusion on a flat surface. We will start by drawing simple objects from life and using various drawings and lithographs using the best set of instructional drawings by Charles Bargue to draw the figure. Once these basic skills are acquired we will move on to more complex still life drawing using graphite and charcoal. This will lead us to introduce paint (oil paint) and monochromatic painting followed by colour.
The painting program will start with an introduction to paints, pigments and colour. Importance is given to colour mixing and how to alter colour by adjusting hue, value and chroma, using a limited palette. We will start from monochromatic painting moving to a series of colour studies before we proceed to more complex painting. We will learn various approaches used in painting including underpainting, alla prima etc.
Subject matter Still life, figurative including portrait, interiors and landscape.
Style Realism and impressionism.
Reference material Real objects, pictures, lithographs, old-masters paintings and photography. I also give priority to the use of imagination.
Materials Graphite, Charcoal, Oil paints
A deposit is required from individuals committing themselves to the class.
Classes can be cancelled if numbers are not reached. In case class is cancelled the deposit will either be refunded or transferred to other sessions.
Final notes The method of teaching used in my classes is that of individual instruction in a group setting. I will be doing a number of demonstrations tackling various topics and techniques during the classes. Beginners will be given subject matter chosen by myself in order to tackle techniques of various difficulties. Advanced students will be allowed to choose their own subjects preferably discussing them together beforehand. Each student is assessed individually and advised on an ongoing basis. Students advances in accordance with time and effort he or she can invest and the rate of progress depends largely on the speed at which instruction is absorbed and the amount of practice time.
Materials Needed for Classes Please note that the fees do not include any materials needed, hence these need to be bought by yourself. Owning your own art materials is important in arts since you will need to practice outside the class in order to progress and become proficient in your skill.
Beginners will be doing only drawing and hence they will only need the tools for drawing (no need to buy paints etc)
Students who are going to start painting will need to buy their own basic set of paints. The total expense to buy all materials is approximately AU$ 150 (it might vary from one store to another). Here is a list of materials required.
Next Sessions 2018
Term 4 - Monday 22nd October - Ending Monday 10th December 2018
Drawing and Painting for beginners / intermediates Number of sessions per term: 8 Time: 11 am - 2 pm Venue: BMCAC, Glenbrook, Blue Mountains