« Creative Arts/Drawing & painting

Thu 03 Feb 2022 - Thu 05 May 2022

13:30 - 16:30

12 Sessions


Note: This course will be held at Strathnairn Arts Association. There will be no sessions on 14 and 21 April.

Our everyday world usually starts with breakfast, then lunch & finally dinner, artists through time have depicted these daily events. In this course will explore three artists who have, Bonnard, Matisse & Picasso. Using these three artists as our “Creative role models” we will set out through drawing & paint to capture these moments of our day through the various methods the three artists have used.

Artists through time have found inspiration in painting the dining table set for one of the three meals of the day. So, with this theme as our starting point, we set out to produce work that is inspired by paintings of Bonnard, Matisse, and Picasso. We will start with Breakfast, often a quick casual affair. In the work of Bonnard, we see him capture that moment, with a lone seated figure enjoying a coffee. Lunch, more formal in the table being set, however, it could be outdoors, the table effected by the dappled light filtered through overhanging flora. Matisse will be our inspiration, his use of pattern, line, shape, and his use of intense colour, will be at the centre of the work we produce. Dinner, candlelight, figures seated, involved in conversation in the subdued light. Picasso will be our inspiration; his cubist style will allow us to explore more abstract work. So, using these three artists as our creative role models we will set out to produce work inspired by these three artists, but, at the same time helping you find your own creative voice in our 12 weeks together.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, you should:

  • have an understanding of how to compose a painting, what role colour plays in creating a mood in a painting and what techniques are best used.
  • appreciate the stylistic differences of the artists, to help students consider how to develop their own styles.
  • understand the importance of the choice of subject matter and what techniques and style would be best employed to achieve successful and various creative outcomes.

Who should enrol

The course would best suit students who have had some previous painting experience & students who have had considerable painting experience or students who are prepared to jump in the deep end & see what happens?

Course materials

Suggested pre class preparation is to do some background reading on the three artists. Understand their differences in style as well as what major artistic events were happening at the time, such as Impressionism, Cubism and Fauvism. These aspects will be explored in the class.

  • A3 sketch book
  • 45 cm plastic ruler, 
  • HB pencil, 2B pencil, 2 carbon pencils, (soft) box of willow stick charcoal
  • Stanley knife
  • Box of coloured pencils
  • Can of workable fixative 
  • Box of pastels
  • Art Spectrum painting medium No 1
  • Art spectrum No 4 (these mediums are for use with oil paint)
  • Household turps (for washing brushes for those using oil paint)
  • Acrylic flow medium, acrylic retarding medium, acrylic glaze medium, for people using acrylics
  • Palette, 4 or 5 screw top jars
  • Painting knife (a form of palette knife with a bent shank)
  • Hog hair brushes No’s 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 (round and square), synthetic sable brushes (round, long handle) Nos 1, 2, 4
  • 5 cm house painting brush
  • Three canvases 60 x 40 cm , four canvases of 100 x 70 cm, six canvases 20 x 30 cm.
  • One jar of impasto painting medium (for creating textures)
  • 500 ml of PVA glue

Art Spectrum brand oil or acrylic paint in these colours

  • Titanium or Zinc white (large tube)
  • Cadmium Red
  • Vermillion Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cobalt Blue
  • French Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Raw sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Black

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