Monday Evening - Painting in Oils with Clare Haward

Mon 6 Jan 2020 7:00 pm - Mon 30 Mar 2020 9:30 pm
Dulwich Art Group & School


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Spring term dates:

6th January – 30th March 2020
Half term 17th February

Evenings 7.00pm – 9.30pm - 12 sessions - course fee £350

  • Learn to paint directly in oil paint
  • Unpack the secrets of great composition
  • Explore colour and how to mix it
  • Work from still life and the human figure
  • Become expert in studio practice
  • Get close support from experts

When we learn to paint in oils we bring together a wide range of creative skills. Drawing, so fundamental to the visual arts needs to be mastered with a method for nailing proportion. Add to that an understanding of tone, line, colour, edge, composition, design, texture and so on and the task can appear mammoth. Like an elephant, mammoths are eaten one bite at a time, with Clare those bites become appetising mouthfuls garnished with good humour.

In this course Clare works with you at the level you find yourself. Skills will be built when required and with agreement a programme will be developed to best bring you towards excellence. Clare works with deep principles that underlie representational, impressionistic or abstracted images giving you the freedom to develop your own voice whilst exercising artistic rigour. “Thinking abstractly to create representation” is how she puts it. It is not a specific method or series of steps but rather a training of the sensibilities.

Rather than creating a finished masterpiece, Clare will introduce a series of exercises to allow you to gain experience and skills in working from still life or the figure, interpreting what we see with paint and colour shapes, to build experience as a painter, to ask questions, explore colour and try to understand how to represent what we see with paint.

She is endlessly supportive and has a gentle touch whilst being relentless in pushing you towards your best.

A studio day might include working from still life in oils or charcoal. Demonstration will be given and plenty of one on one tuition. Different themes and ideas will be introduced dynamically in response to the progress of the individual and the group.

Clare’s approach starts with a series of questions about what we see: to define a well-composed statement about the drama of colour, tone and edge out of which emerges the illusion of form. She will teach us a realist method that grows from the abstract qualities of what we see. As such it is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refine their technique.

The method you will be taught is part of a long tradition of direct or ‘alla prima’ painting – the paint is applied in its final colour directly to the canvas without under painting, glazes or scumbles.

Once mastered it is a quick and effective way of painting images with great subtlety or intensity.

When learning to paint we try to keep things simple so that may mean using a reduced palette and painting just a few objects.

Subjects will include still life. When we paint still life we are often describing simple regular forms like vases and bottles. The skills put in place support more complex forms as we progress.

You will work in the studio with Clare painting and demonstrating alongside you and giving you plenty of one on one tuition. These are small groups so you are guaranteed attention.

Over the course Clare will shepherd us from blinking incomprehension through tentative steps and finally quiet confidence as we learn to see the light that falls rather than that which it falls upon.

She will introduce us to the materials so that we will be able to choose surfaces, brushes and paints that best serve our purposes. Colour mixing will be explained so that you will be able to mix the colour that you see or the one you want to see. Care of brushes, palette and so on will be picked up along the way as we all go about the business of being an artist for the day.