Date & Time
Sundays during term | 10.00-17.00
371 Clapham Road
London SW9 9BT
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In this five to ten week course, you will be introduced to the challenging medium of oil paint through the most fundamentally important exercise there is: the alla prima colour study.
There are four limited colour palettes that you will be introduced to, and you will tackle a single limited palette over a five week period.
If you are a beginner this course will bridge the gap between drawing and painting and for the more advanced student it will awaken a fuller understanding of how to tackle painting from life.
We recommend you complete two terms (twenty Sundays) to achieve a good understanding of the hierarchy and importance of each aspect of colour and how to use this in your own work. You will learn which aspects of colour to prioritise to get you the most effective results.
This course will not be taught using the sight-size technique.
You are welcome to repeat any palette until the main ideas are mastered.
Week 1 – Introduction to the new palette – painting from simple still life
Week 2 – Demo in the morning – simple colour study from life
Week 3 – Palette study for the day from life
Week 4 – Palette study for the day from life
Week 5 – Palette study for the day from life
If you book onto 8 flexible sessions, please ensure you are able to attend for the first and the sixth sessions of the term, so that you can be introduced to your new palettes (except if you are planning to repeat a palette.)
This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.
The four core learning limited palettes taught on the LARA Curriculum and why they are built the way they are.
- Colour theory: the Munsell colour system and its relevance to representational painting
- The hierarchy of colour effects and how to approach painting efficiently and effectively
- The idea and importance of value and its importance in depicting reality
- The idea of colour temperature and how we can use it to craft powerful colour relationships
- Skin tones and their relationship to colour harmony
- Alla prima brushwork and how to manipulate paint efficiently and effectively wet into wet
- This workshop will focus on providing students with the necessary tools to tackle any colour problem presented to them, and to design an appropriate palette
This course takes place in the same figure room as the Foundation and Diploma course and therefore benefits from the excellent studio facilities.
We have a range of high quality CRI light options, all the way from soft and hard artificial lights of differing temperature. Resulting in the truest skin tone and recreating the similar lighting conditions used in atelier studios though out the years.
Limited to 15 students, this is a wonderful opportunity for close instruction under a professional tutor.
You can choose to study for five weeks, eight weeks or ten weeks.
Please note there is a break of one Sunday halfway through, after the first five consecutive Sundays, when there will be no session. Class resumes as normal the week after.
5 consecutive Sundays
Full-day (one hour lunch break)
8 Saturdays – flexible throughout the 10 weeks except first and sixth session fixed
Full-day (one hour lunch break)
10 consecutive Saturdays – with midway break
Full-day (one hour lunch break)
Please bring the following materials with you. Items marked with an asterisk are stocked in the LARA shop. Please call ahead if you would like to reserve items to ensure availability.
Oil Paint: The LARA Palette
- Titanium White* (65ml) – PW6 (LARA sells 40ml tubes)
- Ivory Black* (65ml)- PBk 9 (LARA sells 40ml tubes)
- Transparent red oxide
- Yellow Ochre* – PY 43
- Cadmium Red* – PR 108 (or cheaper alternative English Red PR 1C1 or Winsor and Newton Scarlet Red))
- Ultramarine Blue* – PB 29
- Burnt Sienna*- PBR7
- We highly recommend Old Holland, Williamsburg, C Roberson, Blockx, Vasari and Winsor and Newton (cheapest option)
- For Your Transfer Drawing
- Tracing paper* – 1 or 2 sheets same size as canvas
- Charcoal* – this can be willow charcoal or you can purchase Nitram charcoal from the school
- Balanced wooden arm palette* (if you are right handed, please buy a left handed palette, and vice versa)
- Stretched linen canvas* or gesso panel 4 canvases – either sized 14″ x 18″ or 18″x24″ approximately. It’s advisable to bring an extra canvas for each painting, to help transport your painting safely home. The workshop will deal with imprimaturas, so don’t worry about that in advance.
- Small (roughly A4 size) canvas cut-off, panel or canvas paper* – for colour study
- Hog bristle brushes* (overall a good selection of hog brushes should be used. The more brushes, the easier it is to keep colour mixes clean. A variety of sizes is essential for handling large areas of the painting as well as small details. A total of 9 brushes – 3 x small (size 2), 3 x medium (size 6) and 3 x large (size 10).
- Soft Brushes – brushes for creating soft edges and manipulating paint. You can go for sable brush or badger hair. 1 fan brush and 1 medium-sized filbert
- Flexible steel palette knife*
- Hand mirror (clear)*
- Refined Linseed Oil*
- Winsor and Newton Sansodor* or Jackson’s low odour solvent (odourless turpentine substitute for painting). You cannot use turpentine within the studio
- Airtight metal brush cleaner or jam jar (jam jars must be clearly labelled with your name, course and solvents it contains)
- Metal dipper* for medium
- A good supply of kitchen roll for cleaning brushes
- Tupperware tub for keeping paints overnight
- Something to carry your wet paintings home with on the last day, for example, a canvas carrier*. If you are unable to find one, another canvas of the same size can be strapped to the front to keep the painting safe while being transported.
‘Charlie is a very knowledgeable tutor. He has a well-structured course format and is able to conduct the course according to the individual abilities of the participant’ – Katrina Rembiasz, Introduction to Oil Painting student 2019
‘Excellent teaching- inspiring, educational and very approachable and encouraging’ – Felicity Starr, Introduction to Oil Painting student 2019
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