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Still Life

Course overview

Do you have a passion for art? Our Still Life course is the best way to discover and practice the basic techniques of drawing and painting. You can take the drawing and painting skills that you learn from these lessons and apply them to any subject in art.

This course is taught by a professional artist and experienced teacher whose work is exhibited both locally and nationally.

This course offers the opportunity for the student to both develop their artistic skill and share their ideas in a comfortable and friendly environment with like-minded people.

Entry requirements

Materials for the first session and a small sketchbook will be provided. Full details of what is required for the course will be given at the first session and students are welcome to bring any drawing/watercolour painting materials that they already have.

Course Modules

Each week the students will work from a still life set up, for example a bowl of fruit, to learn and improve drawing skills. Cross-referencing, proportion and negative space will be used to improve observational skills each week. Painting the still life will begin with tones and shadows and progress over the course to realistic representation. The materials used will be watercolour, pencil, pen and ink and charcoal. Sessions also include references to both historical and contemporary art. The course is suitable for complete beginners and the more experienced who wish to expand their skills in this subject area.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be encouraged to visit local exhibitions and artists talks.

The course is classroom based and there are facilities onsite for getting water and washing palettes at the end of the each session.

What can I do next

This course is designed to be ongoing to allow students to continue practicing their art. Those wanting to specialise in a particular area e.g. Portraiture, could join a specific class for that. Those wishing take a more academic approach could investigate professional art courses.