WORKSHOP CONTENT & SCHEDULE
Monday and Tuesday will focus entirely on drawing with Adrian Cooke,
and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be spent painting with Brian Smyth.
Monday 15 July
The first day of drawing will introduce you to the four key pictorial elements: design, line, value and form. You will look at each of these building blocks in detail and work on exercises that develop your understanding of each of them. You will also practise some key drawing techniques such as shading, blending, and hatching, and learn about drawing media and materials.
Tuesday 16 July
You will practise copying one of Charles Bargue's lithographs from his Cours de dessin - part 1: based on a sculpture cast, part 2: a master drawing, and/or part 3: a block-in of a standard model pose. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to draw from life, putting into practice all of the tools that you've learned including measuring accurately, reading values, and rendering form.
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Wednesday 17 July
You will transition seamlessly from drawing to painting, beginning with an introduction to grisaille painting in oils, and working on exercises that rely on this technique: matching a value strip exercise, then moving on to rendering an object, and finally working on a 5-value master copy painting exercise.
Thursday 18 July
The second day of painting will focus on working from a plaster cast, starting with a short demonstration on the drawing stage. Each cast will be wall-mounted and lit to emphasise a chiaroscuro effect, which helps to illuminate values and forms.
Friday 19 July
The final morning will concentrate on setting up a limited colour palette and doing a flesh-toned value exercise, which will specifically prepare you for that afternoon's alla prima portrait painting from life. One this final day, you will be encouraged to pay even greater attention to paint handling, edge quality, and bringing each area of your painting to a beautiful finish.