A sound knowledge of drawing is acquired, the mixing of colour and handling of paint are taught through painting from observation and imagination. Sketchbooks are essential to explore enthusiasms, interests and research and develop ideas experimenting with traditional and contemporary media and processes. Imaginative and self-motivated work is encouraged in order to build a portfolio of coursework. Each student is encouraged to be independent and confidently creative. Context and inspiration are provided through the parallel study of the history of art if wished. Examination fees may apply
(Painting by Francis Martin)
Francis Martin works predominantly in charcoal and oil paint, creating light focused or atmospheric images with a realist intention. Francis studied at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton for his degree in Fine art practice and theory and at the Royal Drawing school, London, where he was awarded a place on the postgraduate scholarship program (2014).
This part-time course is a carefully structured programme written within a framework of observational painting and drawing using the human model. You will be grounded in the skills needed to work from direct observation and will be helped to develop these skills into a personal body of work. The course further aims to help you acquire the perspectives and the sense of context necessary for working independently as an artist.
This is a one year experimental learning course leading to our own certificate, independently moderated to meet national standard. Typically our students apply for undergraduate and postgraduate courses or continue onto our Advance Practice Course. Weekly constructive critiques ensure the continuing progress and direction of individual work, while gallery and artists studio visits support students writing on the cultural context of their developing work. Application is by portfolio interview with the Principal.
This is a one year full-time course designed to support those interested in spending time exploring and developing their practice in greater depth. Alongside self-directed briefs we shape the course tutoring to meet the individual student’s need. You can choose to specialise in Painting, Printmaking, Portraiture, Sculpture, Drawing, Performative based practice or all of these.Typically, our graduating students continue their own studio practice or apply for postgraduate study. Weekly tutorials ensure the continuous progress and direction of individual work, while gallery and artist’s studio visits support students writing on the cultural context of their developing work.