Painting: Architecture, Space, Environment

COURSE CODE: E2303P018

COURSE DATES: Wednesdays, 17th April – 5th June 2024

TUTOR: Alison Hand

DAYS: 8

TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: All Levels

FEE: £500 + £10 materials fee

LOCATION: Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

Explore how painting can describe and interact with the language of architecture, environment, and space. The course introduces diverse painting approaches and surfaces, and covers a range of themes including working from moving images; 3 dimensional and site specific painting; city edges and borders. Drawing on a range of source material from film and photography to sketching and study trips, we will build an exciting new painting vocabulary.

Each idea will be contextualised with contemporary painters and key theorists, thereby broadening your knowledge. You will be able to use the processes and approaches taught to address their individual thematic concerns as you move through the course. Additionally, you will develop your own ambitious project in the last two weeks of the course, which may be a large-scale work, a series of smaller works, or a site-specific painting project. These will be exhibited on the last afternoon of the course in the studio, for discussion and others to come and view. Note: This course welcomes students working in other disciplines, such as drawing, installation, multimedia – it would work particularly well for those working across 2 and 3 dimensions, for example painting and sculpture.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyse the work of others and apply findings to their own work.
  • Apply contextual and critical knowledge and the work of key thinkers and theorists in the creation of paintings
  • Create paintings from diverse source material
  • Create paintings on different (non- traditional) substrates, experimenting with form and surface
  • Create a series of diverse paintings which refract, respond to, and interpret the environment.
  • Research, plan and realise a self-initiated project culminating in a large scale and / or site specific work

This course is part of our Elective Skills Workshop series. You will be studying alongside students from our pre-degree and degree programmes.

All Levels

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish. This means an student from the following experience levels can join this course:

Beginner

Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience.

Beginner +

Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium.

Intermediate

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.

Advanced

Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN MATERIALS

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. You must provide your 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).

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

You will need to bring your own painting materials to the class, which you can store at The Art Academy for the duration of the course.

If you do not have your own materials, we recommend you order one of our Painting Packs when booking. You can purchase this at the checkout. Once ordered, packs will be available when you arrive for your first class. There is also a mini shop in the Academy that supplies the basics such as canvas boards, paints, Zest-it etc. (card purchases only)

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. These can also be recycled on site. If you are using oil paints you must bring 1 small jar with a lid to hold your solvent as this should be reused each week. If you want to dispose of your solvent please speak to your tutor as these cannot be poured down the sink and must be disposed of correctly.

Please also bring an apron or old clothing to wear.

    The Acrylic Pack contains:
  • A set of acrylic brushes, both flat and round
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One 10″x12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
  • Eight Daler Rowney (system 3) tubes of Black, White, Cadmium Red, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow

    The Oil Pack contains:
  • A set of bristle brushes, both flat and round
  • One tear off palette (9”x12”)
  • One palette knife
  • One bottle of Zest-it (250ml)
  • One 10″x12″ canvas board
  • One 10″x14″ canvas board
  • Two 12″x16″ canvas boards
  • Eight Daler Rowney 38ml Georgian oil tubes of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Coeruleum Blue and Burnt Umber

Please note that pack contents are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy at any time.

Please be aware that depending on the course structure, you might need to purchase extra canvas boards, on top of the ones provided in the pack.

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 in Germany, Hong Kong, London and across the UK, 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.

https://www.alisonhand.com @alisonhandartist

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 the course or it will be disposed of.
  • 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.

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