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Drawing and painting inventively

Five-week practical evening course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 7 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 14 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 21 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 28 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 5 December 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
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Artist Emyr Williams explores inventive approaches to drawing and colour painting. Each week will present a new set of challenges that connect painting to drawing in unforeseen ways while building confidence and technique.

Drawing and painting are both highly evocative terms and can conjure up a huge variety of styles relating to line, tone, contrast, layering, texture and colour. These qualities are often taught, but can equally be developed through an individual’s own art-making practice and experimentation. Painting and drawing are seemingly traditional genres, yet can be played with and challenged to develop an artist’s personal expressiveness and unique responses.

During this course, participants will be guided to release a more creative and personal approach to their art-making by challenging assumptions about both drawing and painting. Participants will be encouraged to examine how to start a drawing or painting in inventive ways. There will be a close look at materials and their qualities, colour theory and its implications and how both primary and secondary source materials can result in experimental and exciting responses, dealing with scale, form, layering, line, tone, structure and colour.

The ambition is to make fluent, rapid responses to both disciplines, moving freely between the two, exploring how drawing and painting can inspire each other, and making drawings that both inform and react to paintings and vice versa.

Each week participants will work in both dry and wet media, using pencil, charcoal, ink and acrylic paints on both canvas and papers. The group will look at images, objects and historical works of art from different times and cultures. There will also be a guiding theme to explore in each session.

This course will take place on consecutive Wednesday evenings. Each session runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Week 1 – Wednesday 7 November
Scale and edges: the potential of drawing

Week 2 – Wednesday 14 November
Synthesis and invention: examining the dialogue between tone and colour

Week 3 – Wednesday 21 November
Colour and space: putting theory into practice

Week 4 – Wednesday 28 November
Learning from others: a look at historical works and their lessons for today

Week 5 – Wednesday 5 December
Abstraction and connections: improvising and modifying techniques

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 7 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 14 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 21 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 28 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 5 December 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm

The Life Room, RA Schools, Royal Academy of Arts

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