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Subtle to bold: colour and light in life painting

Four-week practical evening course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 17 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 24 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 1 July 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 8 July 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
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Join painter and figurative artist Andy Pankhurst for a life-drawing and painting course focused on the influence of colour and light on the physical form.

The use and role of colour is a central preoccupation for artists across time and cultures. Bridging art and science, it is referenced in the notebooks of both Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton.

As its own discipline, colour theory began to be widely taught in the 18th century and is central to many art practices, methods and styles.

The interaction and relationship between colour and light has also been widely discussed here at the Royal Academy of Arts. The first president, Sir Joshua Reynolds in his famous Seven Discourses on Art (1769), described how:

‘… by looking on his palette at twilight he (the artist) will see what colours absorb the light, and those that give it out; and thus select for his shadows colours that have the property of giving depth and richness.’

Working with professional male and female life models, participants in this course are introduced to a range of materials, including pastel chalks, inks, watercolour and acrylic paints while exploring concepts of perception, colour theory and the impact of light on the human form. The course considers both the theory and the practice while referencing important historical works and artists. All materials are included and there is time for both personal feedback as well as group interaction and review with a view to developing your own skills and artwork.

Week one - Monday 17 June
Simple colour theory: drawing using colour chalk pastels

Week two - Monday 24 June
Light and dark: drawing with inks

Week three - Monday 1 July
Light and luminosity: painting with watercolours

Week four - Monday 8 July
The interaction of colour: painting with acrylics

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 17 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 24 June 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 1 July 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 8 July 2019, 6.30 — 9.30pm

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

£480. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of the final session.