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Colour painting: strategy and spontaneity

Five-week practical evening course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 23 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 30 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 7 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 14 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 21 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

John Constable RA, Rainstorm over the Sea (detail), ca. 1824-1828.

© Royal Academy of Arts.

Oil on paper laid on canvas. 235 mm x 326 mm.

In this exciting five-week course, explore expressive approaches to a range of painting materials and techniques, progressing from figuration to the abstract.

Spontaneity is often celebrated as a mark of expressiveness and authenticity in painting, yet what does it mean to work spontaneously? Is it as simple as working in the moment? Or is it a practiced technique used masterfully by artists to evoke the immediate?

To facilitate a sense of spontaneity requires a considered strategy that ensures one’s materials are being used in the most effective way. Paint can become muddy and unresponsive, watercolour dull and lifeless and drawing lose sight of its structure. If the practice of painting is about the combination of physical properties and the cerebral working, it is also about knowing when to go with the flow and when to pause and reflect.

As well as providing the opportunity to draw and paint, participants in this course will be introduced to works included in the RA’s Archive collection and to key historical developments in the fields of painting and drawing by artists from around the world which emphasise the importance of provoking the spontaneous and evoking it in the artwork.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 23 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 30 September 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 7 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 14 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 21 October 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£540. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.