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Short Course

Art Theory for Traditional Painting Online Short Course

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College
Central Saint Martins

How did the old masters from both East and West create their paintings? The short course explores the content and context of these fascinating and beautiful artworks. You will delve deep into each art form and examine it from different angles.

Course description

How did the old masters from both East and West create their paintings? The short course explores the content and context of these fascinating and beautiful artworks. You will delve deep into each art form and examine it from different angles.

You will learn how traditional artworks were created using the materials available in their times. You will explore everything from Western Medieval illuminations to Chinese ink paintings and interpret the relationship between words and image. With your tutor, you will identify and analyse various techniques, including gilding and calligraphy.

You will be introduced to techniques in weekly online classes and set assignments to complete during the week. You will discuss these ideas in class together with your tutor and build up a holistic picture of traditional painting techniques.

At the end of the course you will have a foundational knowledge of traditional and historic painting techniques which you can employ when looking at real-life examples in museums and galleries worldwide. You could apply your knowledge to any career in the arts or to further study in fine art, art history or art theory.


Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Acquired a foundational knowledge of the basic traditional and historic painting techniques
  • Been exposed to a variety of different methods used, including surface preparation, tracing techniques and brushwork
  • Become familiar with the variety of materials, tools and equipment used
  • Developed confidence in assessing traditional and historic artworks in terms of their content and context
  • A basic understanding of colour, composition and framing theory
  • Acquired an appreciation of how different art forms developed and influenced each other through cultural exchange


Who is Art Theory for Traditional Painting Online Short Course for?

This course is perfect for anyone working in the arts including professional artists, illustrators, designers, antiquarians, historians and librarians. It is also ideal for students and anyone who wants to learn about different painting cultures and increase their knowledge and appreciation of different art forms.


All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered

  • Traditional and historic painting techniques
  • Traditional techniques, content and historic context of Western oil painting
  • Techniques, content and context of Western Medieval painted book arts and illuminations
  • Techniques, content and context of Eastern miniature painting
  • Techniques, content and context of Eastern painting on paper and scroll
  • Surface preparation including different papers, canvas, parchment and silk
  • Variety of tracing and transferring techniques
  • Drawing, ink and illumination techniques
  • Gold gilding and calligraphic techniques
  • Brushwork techniques, tools and equipment
  • Pigments and paint making techniques
  • Paint application techniques, application of mediums and varnishes
  • Colour, composition, design and framing theory and ideas
  • Rendering, shading and outlining techniques

Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials
  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions

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