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Composition in Drawing & Painting

A well composed painting or drawing is said to be already half way to being done! This six week studio based course at Putney Library, is a chance to explore a variety of approaches to composition and to develop these in your own paintings and drawings.

What The Course is About:

A well composed painting or drawing is said to be already half way to being done! This six week studio based course is a chance to explore approaches to composition and to develop these by creating a series of your own paintings and drawings.. You will look at examples of compositional approaches from contemporary and historical artists. You will work on a series of guided compositional projects, beginning with drawing (charcoal, pencil, pastel, pen/ brush and ink) and then moving on to painting (gouache or watercolour) or mixed media if you prefer, with demonstrations of techniques from your tutor throughout. Working from direct observation and from photographs (both the tutors and ultimately your own) you will produce a number of experimental and finished painting and drawings. This course is useful for anyone looking to develop an eye for what makes a successful composition.

Materials Required:

What to bring to the first session: Several sheets of Cartridge paper in A2 or A3. Monochrome drawing materials of your choice e.g. Willow Charcoal sticks, pencil 2B – 4B, graphite stick, eraser, conte or other chalk pastels, black ink and bamboo brush and dip pen.

Course materials: You need drawing and painting materials for this course and these can largely be of your choice, however painting materials must be either gouache or water colour. Recommended materials: A2 or A3 cartridge paper or other heavier weight white paper, A3 watercolour pad (at least 300gsm) willow charcoal sticks, pencil 2B – 4B, graphite stick, eraser, conte or other chalk pastels, black ink and bamboo brush and dip pen, gouache paint in at least primary colours and black and white or water colours, brushes in a range of sizes (include a larger flat ended brush for washes)

Previous Experience:

Suitable for those with some previous experience or those returning to painting and drawing who would like to build up their confidence.

End of course:

What will I achieve? You will have explored a variety of approaches to composition from both historical and contemporary sources. You will learn to develop compositional techniques as a means of interpret visual information. You’ll have made your own experimental and finished works exploring a range of compositional approaches.

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Starting November 2021

Class Code: 1121-10622

Price: £143.00

Location: On-Site

Tutor: Sarah Sparkes

From November 1st, 2021 to December 6th, 2021

Mon 14:00 - 17:00

  • 1 Nov 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 8 Nov 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 15 Nov 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 22 Nov 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 29 Nov 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00
  • 6 Dec 2021 - 14:00 to 17:00

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