Composition in Contemporary Painting

COURSE CODE: E2401P005

COURSE DATES: Wednesdays, 18th September – 27th November 2024

TUTOR: Alison Hand

DAYS: 10

TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Ages 18+, Intermediate

FEE: Early Bird: £607.50 / Standard Price: £675

LOCATION: Bankside Campus, 185 Park Street, SE1 9SH

In this course, you’ll investigate how paintings are put together and why, challenging your own assumptions to develop your individual practice. This course is not about traditional notions of composition. You will explore four overarching themes: how composition / structure impacts our reading of a painting; within a digital age; using multiple viewpoints and perspective to construct space; and paintings that deal with the body within fragmented space. You’ll develop your understanding of these themes both practically through painting, and contextually by looking at relevant contemporary artists. 

Your tutor will support you fully throughout the course in both group sessions and one-to-one, providing regular feedback, critique and constructive advice. Although the course has a general theme and approach there is no fixed or prescriptive methodology and individuals are encouraged to blend their own experience with all aspects of this course.

Students will be able to:

  • Develop a knowledge of contemporary painting practice, applying findings in the development of your own work.  
  • Understand how paintings communicate through composition and structure, thinking laterally to apply ideas to create paintings.
  • Apply compositional techniques, including cropping, zooming, focal points, blurring; using geometric perspective and spatial strategies; and layering and combining multiple images.
  • Create a series of paintings that explore composition, structure and the language of painting. 
  • Use presentation skills, understand critique methodology and critically evaluate and analyse work. 
  • Plan and complete a personal project. 
  • Apply safe-working practices at all times.

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes. Check out the Elective Skills Workshops currently available.

*The Early Bird discount ends on the 8th of July and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Recommend booking by: September 4, 2024

Intermediate

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy. These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN MATERIALS

There is a £5 charge for materials provided by the Academy such as acetate and tracing paper.

The Academy is a white spirit and turpentine free environment and only odourless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises. Students must provide their own spirits, which can be recycled for longevity. 

We request that you bring 2 small jars (one with a lid, one without) to hold your spirit, and a few cloths rags for brush cleaning (such as an old cotton t-shirt).

Below is a list of what is currently required for the course. Please also check the ‘what to bring’ sections above. Your tutor will advise if further materials or equipment are required as the course progresses.

A basic set of student oil and acrylic paints, and a selection of brushes and palette knives. 

  • Drawing materials
  • Painting boards, canvas and sketchbook
  • Old clothes or overalls
  • Only odorless spirits, Sansodor or Zest-it (the Academy is a white spirit free environment)

If you do not have your own painting materials, there is an option to order an Oil or Acrylic Painting Pack at the time of booking, which will be available when you arrive for your first class. 

An Oil Painting Pack (£75.00) contains:

  • A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round, suitable for either oils or acrylics
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One bottle Zest-it (250ml) 
  • One 10″x 12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x 14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x 16″ canvas boards
    8 Daler Rowney Georgian 38ml oil tubes: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, French Ultramarine, Coeruleum Blue and Burnt Umber

An Acrylic Painting Pack (£60.00) contains:

  • A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round, suitable for either oils or acrylics
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One 10″x 12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x 14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x 16″ canvas boards

8 Daler Rowney (System 3) acrylic tubes: Mars Black, Titanium White, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber, Sap Green and Yellow Ochre

Certain materials can also be purchased from the Academy shop during shop hours. Please check in advance of your class if the item you require is available, as the Academy may not have this in stock.

Alison Hand is BA Fine Art Programme Leader at Art Academy London. She has an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, and is a published writer on art and architecture. She is currently Artist in Residence for Kings College Philosophy Department Dreams and Wakeful Consciousness research project. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has also curated a number of shows including a recent major group show around the question of what is drawing. Hand’s paintings and drawings have won several awards including the Basil H Alkazzi Scholarship; the Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art; and the Stephenson Harwood Award.

@alisonhandartist

Bankside Campus

185 Park Street,London SE1 9SH

tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

This is our new purpose built accessible campus. Find more information here

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Southwark (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough Market”.

 

 

Students are welcome to use our Common Room during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

Terms and Conditions

  • By booking onto one of our courses you agree to our Short Courses Terms and Conditions.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.

Materials & Equipment

  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be booked on our Materials Page or on this page when you book the course
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork at the Academy MUST be taken home at the end of each session where possible, with the exception of oil paintings and sculpture works.
  • We cannot store materials at the Academy, so please take these to and from your sessions.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you a week before the start of your course.

Concessions and Discounts

We offer a number of concessions and discounts, please find more information on what we offer here.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to purchase a gift voucher to be used on our courses then you can purchase these here.

£607.50 £675.00

Contemporary Painting: Alison-Hand: Detail people pushing things over

Early Bird discount available until 8th July