This course is for beginners, but is designed to facilitate independent work so I will not provide the subject matter or necessary colours to paint it. The student needs materials: a few paints, brushes, pallet knives, a canvas and a place to paint.
- It's assumed the student has some basic experience with painting and drawing but is not proficient in perspective, anatomy or shading.
-They will be required to draw out their subject either freehand or using a projector. The basic drawing of the subject should be on the canvas before the class starts.
-The student will choose their own subject; though it is recommended to be a simple form such as an easy to identify plant or animal- like a fish or cactus. This is more an exercise in experimental ways of painting rather than an exercise in painting a challenging subject, so should be something they can paint confidently. However, if they are comfortable with more difficult anatomy or objects it's up to their discretion.
Landscapes are also discouraged due to the added complexity of conveying space, however, if the student has experience with perspective and space they are welcome to use landscapes.
It should be a subject that provokes an emotional response from the artist, be it wonder, fascination, curiosity or gratitude since we will be trying to reify the emotional response into the painting. The subject can be a photo or from life.
-They should also have a pallet decided beforehand and either have the colours being used in the tube or know how to mix them. The following site is a place to make a pallet using a picture from an artist that inspires the student. http://snapyourcolors.com/
The pallet should be related to the feeling the object evokes. It will be the vocabulary for talking about the object and so should be in harmony with something essential to the object, but not necessarily the actual colours of the object. In many ways, the painting will be more about what the colours say about the object rather than the form of the object, so the colours should give access to something not obvious in the object. Colour wheel recommended.
-A few basic brushes of various sizes, a couple of different pallet knives and of course a canvas is required. Canvas size should be around 45.72cm, but this also is up to the artist.