This is a practical and ideas-based course and you will learn with the help of tutor demonstrations, groups crits and individual guidance.
What The Course is About:
This is a practical and ideas-based course and you will learn with the help of tutor demonstrations, groups critiques and individual guidance. The course is project-based, with projects running for a half or full term. Each project combines technical advances with an exploration of ideas of what oil painting can be in the 21st Century. You will work with a range of sources; direct observation, gallery visits, from photography and film.
What to bring to the first session. Be ready to paint right from Week 1! Bring:
RAGS e.g. old T-shirts, or kitchen paper.
SURFACES to paint on - You have a choice and will need to experiment to find the support that suits you best. For the first session you can use oil painting paper from the school shop. Other choices in the future include: canvas (linen or cotton duck), paper, hardboard, gesso panel, MDF, wood, aluminium etc. See Methods and Materials handout for further details.
BRUSHES should be bristle-type. You could start with a large (8, 9 or 10) and a small (1, 2 or 3) filbert, as a bare minimum. Sometimes house-painting brushes can be useful. Please make sure your set includes large brushes as well as small ones, and a range of shapes (filbert, round, flat).
For cleaning brushes and thinning paint, Zest-it, the citrus-based turpentine must be used at PSAD because of health and safety. Other low odour turps must also NOT be used. Zest-it is available in the school shop.
PALETTE KNIFE & PALETTE: The palette can be any suitable white or clear surface e.g. thick glass, Formica, tin tray, tear-off pad, tracing/greaseproof paper (tracing paper can be bought in the school shop).
PAINTS: The basic set listed in Oil Paints and Props will enable you to mix the colours you will need. LINSEED OIL
You should have a solid grounding in oil painting properties.
New techniques and working processes will be introduced, but the emphasis will shift towards a more in-depth focus on developing a personal language. We will look at how information (research) can be collected and developed, and how to identify your aims and produce a coherent body of work. We will look at the work of other artists, especially those working today, and at the ideas and context behind their work, so that you are able to place your open work in a critical and theoretical context
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