One Day Taster: Oil Painting – 9th March

COURSE CODE: TAS2302T21

COURSE DATES: Saturday, 9th March 2024

TUTOR: Mercedes Balle

DAYS: 1

TIMES: 10:30am – 4:30pm

EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Beginner

FEE: £105

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

This is a fun day-long taster course in oil painting for those who may be considering a longer evening or daytime course and are wondering how much they will enjoy it. Throughout the day the tutor will lead the class in hands-on, practical demonstrations to show you how to mix colour and see shape and tone, and how these elements relate to form a composition. We aim to foster self-certainty and an enjoyment of painting in a relaxed yet stimulating environment.

You will make at least two paintings in the day, the morning will be spent focusing on how to handle oil paint whilst working from a still-life set up using natural and organic forms. During the afternoon students will be taken through detailed colour theory whilst painting a bright colourful still life, they will learn how colour and pigment strengths affect oil paint and how to use it to create a vibrant expressive painting. Throughout the day you will be encouraged to play and enjoy the application of paint whist also understanding techniques of working from observation.

Recommend booking by: February 24, 2024

Beginner

All attendees must be aged 18 and over.

Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

All of the materials are supplied for this one day class. Wearing an old shirt or apron would be advantageous. We ask that you bring a old jar with a lid to store your solvent in. The Academy is a white spirit free environment only odorless spirits, such as Zest-it or Sansodor, are permitted on the premises for oil classes.

MERCEDES BALLE

Mercedes is a mixed-media artist, with a special interest in drawing, painting, installation and video. She is interested in reusing building materials to create art about nature, as she sees the layers of construction in the cities as the biggest disconnection between the landscape and herself. Mercedes transforms building materials repeatedly, trying to squeeze out all their possibilities. By doing so she wants to get involved in the circular economy with her art and question the problems of our economy in relation to the environment.

Balle graduated from Art Academy London in 2020. Her work has been exhibited on different occasions in Spain and the UK. In 2020 Mercedes was finalist at Art Jove as well as semifinalist at LSM Awards.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street London SE1 1HR tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

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

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

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

You are also welcome to make tea or coffee.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • We cannot store your bikes at the Academy, however there is on-street bike parking near our Mermaid Court site.
  • 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 at the beginning of your class.

£105.00

Short course, Oil painting taster day