Venue: Raw Umber Studios
- June 15, 2020 - June 19, 2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wondered how past and modern masters gained their skills? This 4 day course is designed to provide a taster of modern atelier-style education.
For the first two days, students will draw a plaster cast using charcoal and chalk for 3 hours in the morning and then draw a nude figure from life in the afternoon. On the following two days, students will paint a plaster cast and then paint the nude figure from life in the afternoon. This set of exercises is an ideal way to improve any student’s skills – the lessons learned drawing plaster casts in the morning can be applied to the more complex subject of the figure in the afternoon.
This structure mirrors that of a contemporary artistic atelier, where a student can spend up to 150 hours on a single cast painting, and 60 hours on a figure drawing or painting. Once they have completed one exercise (eg drawing a plaster cast) to the tutor’s satisfaction, they can move on to the next exercise (eg drawing a more complex cast, or starting to paint).
This is a proven way of learning to draw and paint. It is, however, impractical in terms of time, commitment and expense for most people. The Raw Umber Studios ‘Taste of the Atelier’ course is aimed at students who would like to understand the principles behind atelier education and improve their drawing and painting skills.
The course is taught by Lizet Dingemans. Lizet has four years of academic atelier training at the London Atelier of Representational Art. Since graduating in 2016, she has taught at LARA as a senior tutor. Lizet lives and works in London, where she is an artist and art teacher. Her work has sold in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. In 2018, she was a contestant in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and was nominated for Artists & Illustrators magazine ‘Artist of the Year’ in 2016. You can find out more about Lizet her website.
On this course, you will learn:
- A highly structured approach to drawing and painting any subject
- Drawing (making sure your drawings are correctly proportioned)
- Values (making sure the areas of light and dark are accurate)
- Edges (how to blend one area of tone with another)
- Colours, and how to mix them
- Which brushes, paints, mediums, solvents and paints to use
- The importance of gesture and anatomy in drawing
This course has a maximum of 8 participants.