Painting: The First Step
This daytime course has been specifically designed for people who have an interest in painting and want to take the first steps towards the realisation of their artistic goals. We will give you technical advice on materials and techniques and show their relevant connection to the work of renowned painters, past and present...
Taught by: Michael Major, Roger Gill.
This daytime course has been specifically designed for people who have an interest in painting and want to take the first steps towards the realisation of their artistic goals. We will give you technical advice on materials and techniques and show their relevant connection to the work of renowned painters, past and present.
The course will include projects such as landscape, figure and still life painting, for which we will supply the source material. With the added benefit of two tutors, both practising and exhibiting painters, there will be plenty opportunities for one-to-one advice and encouragement.
- The first sessions will deal colour and the application and technical aspects of oil and acrylics. This will be done by creating a direct, or "alla prima” painting each session.
- Students will learn to enjoy paint and its properties by using a variety of palettes and application methods.
- The approach will become gradually more deliberate and measured, using more traditional layering techniques, including imprimitura, grisaille, and other types of under painting.
- We will explore the different qualities of transparent and opaque paints.
- Students will be encouraged to make sketch books around particular themes between sessions.
By the end of the course you will have explored a range of different techniques and approaches to painting using different subject matters. You will have acquired knowledge of historical and contemporary painting and should have produced a number of pieces created through applied techniques.
Who should take this course?
- The course is ideal for beginners who want to get started in the world of painting.
- Those with some previous experience who need to reinvigorate their skills and boost their confidence will also benefit.
- It is suitable for professionals and mature students who want to broaden their interest and venture into a completely new area.
Entry requirements: None
Follow up courses
The course runs throughout the year and can be used to strengthen your techniques until you feel prepared to venture into Painting: The Next Step, a more advanced course where you can develop your practice further towards more personal, experimental and professional levels.
Roger Gill is an artist and tutor who works in London and who has exhibited in the UK and Europe. He teaches a number of drawing and painting courses at Central Saint Martins, including courses on life painting, oil painting techniques, portrait drawing and painting and bespoke one-to-one tuition.
To view Roger's work see rogergill.org.uk.
Please bring to the first session:
- 2 canvasses 50cm x 40cm
- A selection of earth colours: burnt umber, burnt sienna, raw umber, raw sienna, yellow ochre and titanium white. You can choose between oil painting and acrylics.
- short painting brushes (2 large , 2 medium, 2 small)
- flat painting brushes (2 large, 2 medium, 2 small)
- bristle painting brushes (2 large, 2 medium, 2 small)
For the following sessions:
1.Paints (you can choose working with either oil paints or acrylics, or both):
- lemon yellow, cadmium yellow and indian yellow
- cadmium red and alizarin crimson
- ultramarine blue and cobalt blue
- viridian green, violet, and raw umber
- burnt sienna and raw sienna
- yellow ochre, ivory and lamp black
- lots of rags and tissues
- jars with lids
- palette knife. and white palette
- mineral odourless spirit
- linseed oil
- liquin (speeds up drying time)
- acrylic retarder (slows drying time)