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Drawing and painting: from the essential to the sensual

Five-week practical evening course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 12 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 19 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 26 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 3 December 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 10 December 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm

Part of our

Klimt / Schiele

events programme
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Egon Schiele, Nude Self-portrait, Squatting, 1916.

Graphite, gouache on brown packing paper. 29.5 x 45.8 cm. The Albertina Museum, Vienna. Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

This practical course will guide participants through the formal aspects of drawing and painting, to provide a foundation for developing their own language of self-expression.

Formal ideas such as proportion, form, pictorial space and composition are constant concerns for artists when they are working. No matter how many years they have been drawing or painting, these essential concepts will always be part of the challenge of the artistic process.

With time and experience however, it is possible to build personal sensibility and aesthetic judgement and intuition. Key questions will always arise. What concepts is this trying to convey? What is the essence of the idea? Only by mastering the formal foundations of drawing can an artist clearly answer such questions, leading to coherent and powerful self-expression.

Two cases in point are Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and Egon Schiele (1890–1918). Both men had a conventional artistic education and yet went on to become two of the most radical and influential artists of the twentieth century. Always working directly from life, they developed their own idiosyncratic and creative figurative language through either Symbolism or Expressionism.

This course will encourage participants to develop a personal sensibility and language for self-expression, on the basis of a solid foundation of weekly studies focusing on traditional concepts of drawing and painting.

This course will take place on consecutive Monday evenings.
Each session runs from 6.30 – 9.30pm

Week one – Monday 12 November
Klimt’s method

Week two – Monday 19 November
Schiele’s method

Week three – Monday 26 November
Portraiture

Week four – Monday 3 December
Self-expression

Week five – Monday 10 December
The sensual

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 12 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 19 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 26 November 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 3 December 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 10 December 2018, 6.30 — 9.30pm

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

£480 Includes all materials, light refreshments and a drinks reception at the end of week 5.