Prospectus – Autumn 2022

Autumn 2022

Learning

We all know that the best way to get better at painting and drawing is to practise, practise and practise. However as the years draw on and we notice our mortality, time becomes more precious and endless practice is less attractive. Wisdom also shows us that we can just repeat the same mistakes again and again and worst of all, may not even be aware them.

Ideally we mix practice with learning, doing with thinking, action with reflection.

One of the best ways of becoming a better artist is to periodically attend workshops, masterclasses and tutored courses where you will be exposed to ideas that challenge you and bring insights. It’s not always a comfortable process, none of us like the shortcomings in our work pointed out to us but when it’s combined with strategies for overcoming them and intelligent support from someone we respect, it becomes bearable.

Even self taught artists like Henri Rousseau had some input from academic painters like Gerome despite claiming he had “no teacher other than nature” his paintings have lasted well and show technical skills he must have acquired somewhere. A good teacher will give you the skills you need to develop as an artist, working with who you are and without cramping your style.

Pathways to learning

If you are new to drawing and painting it may be helpful to think about what most visual artists need to learn in order to do what they do. Most will be able draw. Drawing is an essential tool, more for training the eye rather than to produce finished drawings. We find many artists will practise observational drawing, particularly of the human figure, as a core discipline throughout their careers. So if you don’t know where to begin start with drawing.

We recommend attending our Introduction to Life Drawing on Monday evenings as an ideal starting point for absolute beginners.

Our Tutored Groups for Autumn 2022

MONDAY EVENINGS – AN INTRODUCTION TO LIFE DRAWING

Mondays ~ 7.00pm-9.00pm (in-studio)
Cost of full 12 week course in studio £240 / Individual drop-in sessions £20
5th September – 5th December 2022
(Half Term 17th & 24th October – two weeks)

Working from the nude model we explore a variety of drawing methods and you will discover what works for you. We have a demonstration early on in the evening which will introduce a technique or key concept. For beginners this can form the structure for progressive learning, for the more experienced it’s always good to be reminded or just to dust down old skills.

The course is delivered by at least two experienced practicing artists to give you a variety of perspectives.

More info and sign up here


THURSDAY EVENINGS – LIFE DRAWING

Thursdays ~ 7.00pm-9.00pm (in-studio & Zoom)
Drop-in sessions £8 – £12
Starting the 8th September 2022

This is the ideal follow-on course for artists who have completed the Introduction to Life Drawing Course and want to move their skills to a higher level, and also for any artists wanting to practice their skills with long and short poses. Each evening will have a theme and guidance from one of our excellent tutors.

More info and sign up here


MONDAYS & FRIDAYS – PAINTING IN OILS with CLARE HAWARD

Mondays – 12 weeks (in-studio/online)
Full day 10.00am-4.00pm / £600
5th September – 5th December 2022
(Half Term 17th & 24th October – two weeks)

Fridays – 12 weeks (ONLINE)
Half day 10.00am-1.00pm / £350
9th September – 9th December 2022
(Half Term 21st & 28th October – two weeks)

  • Learn to paint directly in oil paint
  • Unpack the secrets of great composition
  • Explore colour and how to mix it
  • Work from still life and the human figure
  • Become expert in studio practice
  • Get close support from experts
  • Flexible format – attend all twelve classes or session one or two.

More info and sign up here


TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS – PORTRAITURE with ALEX TZAVARAS

Tuesdays Beginners ~ 7.00pm- 9.30pm (ONLINE)
12 weeks course / £350
6th September – 6th December 2022
(Half Term 18th & 25th October – two weeks)

Wednesdays Intermediate ~ 7.00pm- 9.30pm (in-studio)
12 weeks course / £350
Wednesdays 7th September – 7th December 2022
(Half Term 19th & 26th October – two weeks)

Learning portraiture in oil paint with an expert. Alex’ course is progressive, if you haven’t painted with him before the beginners portraiture is on Tuesdays.

More info and sign up here


FRIDAYS – AN INTRODUCTION TO OIL PAINTING with REBECCA CARTWRIGHT

Fridays 10am- 1pm
12 weeks course / £480
9th September – 9th December
(Half Term 21st & 28th October, two weeks)

This course is for anyone wanting to learn how to paint in oils or to get a better understanding of how colour works and composition.

  • Learn to paint in oils from the beginning
  • Understand the mechanics of oil paint
  • Accurately mix the colours that you see
  • Discover ways of looking that lead to successful images
  • Embrace your own visual language in this powerful medium

More info and sign up here

Our Untutored Groups for Autumn 2022

SATURDAY MORNING LIFE DRAWING & PAINTING

Saturday ~ 10.00am-1.00pm (in-studio & Zoom)
Open drop-in sessions
Starting 10th September 2022

We have a life model in a single pose for three hours. Usually the same pose is repeated the following week so that you can give six hours to your work, remember to book the same position for both weeks.
We break for 5 minutes for the model every 25 minutes and then for twenty minutes at 11.30 to have a cup of coffee and a biscuit (small charge).

The session is not formally tutored although all of our sessions are run by artists and advice is always available, just ask – otherwise you will be left to get on by yourself.

Further info and booking here


SATURDAY AFTERNOON LIFE DRAWING & PAINTING

Saturday ~ 2.00pm-5.00pm (in-studio)
Open drop-in sessions
Starting 10th September 2022

We will have a life model in the same pose for three hours in the afternoon, usually for two consecutive weeks.
This is an untutored session run by a professional painter who will always be happy to give advice.

More information and booking here


TUESDAY EVENINGS FREYA’S FAST POSES – CREATIVE DRAWING

Tuesdays ~ 7.00pm-8.30pm (in-studio & Zoom)
Open drop-in sessions £8 – £11
Starting 6th September 2022

This session is run by Freya Tate, a wonderful artist with a sharp eye and a playful line. The session is life model focused but Freya will discuss the works of particular artists and introduce chaotic elements to challenge you and move your drawing on to higher levels. You can see more of Freya’s work here @freyatateify

Further info and booking here

*£5 if you are a student. Email us at info@dulwichartgroup.co.uk, convince us you’re a student and get your discount code.


WEDNESDAY MORNING LIFE DRAWING & PAINTING LONG POSE

Wednesday ~ 10.00am-1.00pm (in-studio & Zoom)
Open drop-in sessions
Starting 7th September 2022

We have a life model in a single pose for three hours. Usually the same pose is repeated the following week so that you can give six hours to your work, remember to book the same position for both weeks.
Our studio is purpose built and well equipped with easels, drawing boards, clips and so on.

More info and booking here


WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON PORTRAITURE

Wednesday ~ 2.00pm-5.00pm (in-studio & Zoom)
Open drop-in sessions
Starting 7th September 2022

Paint a clothed model with a focus on the portrait, we usually have the same model for two weeks so make sure to book the same position for both weeks if you plan on coming back. The model will at times be engaged in conversation in order to bring some animation to the face.

Further information and booking here