Oil Painting From Life

Creative Learning |
30th October 2018

Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Fee £89 | 5 weeks

This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop painting direct from a life model using oils. It will cover good oil painting practice, learning to use different painting techniques, limited colour palettes and colour/tone mixing. How to look and translate the figure and the use of some measuring technique will also be covered. The higher fee for this workshop reflects using a life model each week.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught? During the course you will learn to:

  • Appreciate basic measuring techniques in relation to the life model.
  • Mix colour and tone with purpose and meaning.
  • Understand and represent tone and structure of the human form.
  • Develop mark-making with oil paint through different painting techniques.
  • Appreciate the works of other artists in relation to painting and the human form.

Methods of learning in the course:
Practical work. Demonstration. Group work. Group discussion. One-to-one. Looking at work by other artists. Peer learning. Self-assessment. Tutor assessment.

When you have finished this course you should be capable of:

  • Oil painting from life with more confidence.
  • Mixing colour and tone with purpose and meaning.
  • Representing basic form and structure of the life form in oils.
  • Appreciating a wider range of artists life paintings.

What do I need to bring with me?
All painting materials need to be provided by the students. Students are asked to bring one dark oil paint (black, burnt umber, ultramarine blue or another dark colour of your choice), a brush, material rags, turps or similar oil solvent (for washing brushes) and four surfaces to paint on to this first session (the surface should be cheap and well primed with an acrylic primer (e.g. gesso). Students should also bring a small note book and pencil.

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to dress accordingly.

Please bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

Are there any additional costs?
None. Students need to provide their own art materials.

About the tutor
Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award for young artists in 2001/2. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014 and 2018. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally and works from her home-based studio in Kendal. Her artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

Please note there will be no class during week commencing
12 November due to the Kendal Mountain Festival.

If you have a query or are unsure whether the course is right for you please get in touch with the Creative Learning Team who will be happy to contact the tutor on your behalf.


30th October 2018

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