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Methods & Materials of Contemporary Painting
What differentiates this course from other painting courses is the wide range of materials and techniques that are used. A variety of contemporary Mixed Media Painting materials are introduced and practiced. Practical work is supported by demonstrations, introducing students to the methods and materials of contemporary painting. The practical demonstrations will help students work within a framework whilst encouraging freedom to generate individual ideas. Works produced can also go towards your portfolio if applying for further study.
You will begin by preparing a support for your work, which could be made from MDF, aluminium or canvas. These surfaces will be developed further by using collage or photo montages, which will be the starting point for a series of mixed media paintings.
Alongside practical demonstrations, the tutor will give a number of visual presentation on contemporary painting methods and ideas, which will give you a broader understanding of contemporary painting practice.
The course provides an opportunity for you to:
Who should take this course?
Clear, easy to understand lessons:
A certificate of completion:
This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.
You will explore a range of new techniques and materials, experimenting with colour, dripping, pouring, glazing, collage, surface texture, photo transfer, wax, resin and more creating contemporary artworks which are built up through layers.
Techniques and materials explored during the course will include:
Please bring the following with you to the first session:
Paint - acrylic paint is provided upon the course, however you will be expected to bring along the following colours yourself.
Recommended brands: Golden Fluid or Lascaux
Brushes - bring a variety of synthetic and hog brushes. Hog brushes are used for texture and visible brush work, synthetic brittles are for smoother applications of paint.
Recommended brands: Lascaux, Pro Art Synthetic, Windsor & Newton or Da-Vinci Brushes
Source material - it is essential you bring your source material for the first painting project. ‘Deconstruction Collage & Abstract Painting Formulations’. This may include photographs, postcards, magazine cuttings and other visual imagery which focus on an area of interest and can be incorporated into your collages. These compositional ideas will be the spring board for a series of mixed media paintings.
Photo transfer images - please bring images focused on a theme or area of interest. Black and white and colour photocopies/laser copies (A3 and A4). The photocopies should not cost any more than 50p for black and white or £1.50 for colour (use your local copy bureau or Rymans). Do not buy really expensive shiny photocopies, matt quality laser not ink jet; basic paper prints work better for photo transfer. Please make sure your photocopies have a good variety contrasting tones from, mid, dark to light tones. Photocopies can also be made on the course.
A range of materials will be supplied by Central Saint Martins upon your course, including:
You may be required to buy additional materials for specific projects. Whilst acrylic paint is provided if you would rather use oils you will be expected to provide your own, the tutor can advise you what you will need during the course.
Expand your knowledge of contemporary painting, materials, concepts and techniques. Explore a range of new techniques and materials, creating contemporary artworks which are built up through layers.