Drawing / Painting for beginners and Intermediates
Do you want to learn how to draw and paint?
My classes are tailored for those that want to start learning to draw and paint as well as for those that want to continue improving their skills as a hobby or to take it to a professional level.
Beginners are always encouraged to start from learning how to draw before painting.
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 curriculum is followed in a step by step method always building up increasing difficulty once you successfully mastered the previous step. The curriculum is based upon old masters traditional and classical drawing and painting of representational art, that is a gold standard methodology in arts that has been time-tested and works. This step-by-step process teaches the student the skills needed and gives the ability to use classic techniques and ideals for contemporary expression. During the process the student will also develop a keen eye for observation and colour.
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.
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 will vary and will include still life, figurative including portrait, interiors and landscape.
Style of drawing and painting is realism and impressionism.
As reference material we will be using real objects, pictures, lithographs, old-masters paintings and photography. I also give priority to the use of imagination.
The preferred media for drawing are graphite and charcoal.
The preferred medium for painting is oil paint, however acrylic paints are also allowed.
I would like to stress the importance of learning how to draw and how to be able to translate what is in front of you in the real world into a drawing or painting. The students that progress are always those that practice regularly. 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 1
BMCAC - Blue Mountains Creative Art Centre, Glenbrook NSW. For more information and to book please go to their site BMCAC
* Casual classes are accepted subject to number of students in class. Fee for casual class is AU$ 45 ** There is no class on Saturday 3rd February 2018 and Saturday 17th March 2018. *** Casual classes are accepted subject to number of students in class. Fee for casual class is AU$ 50
Please contact me if you need more information and details about specific classes or if you want to ask about any specific needs, payments etc.
More information about Tuesday's class can be found by clicking here More information about Wednesday Landscape painting class can be found by clicking here
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