In this dynamic course you will use all kinds of drawing and painting materials such as pencil and charcoal, and in colour soft pastel and oil pastel. You will paint with acrylic paint and gouache which are two water-based paints with a very different character. You will work with the materials separately and sometimes interchangeably (mixed media). For example, you can work with pastel chalk and gouache interchangeably and let both coloured lines and painted areas flow into each other. In this way you also explore the transition area between drawing and painting.
What will we be doing?
You will work on a variety of assignments in which you can experiment and develop your own technical possibilities. The working of lines, surfaces and composition, but also the specific character of colour, such as the spatial effect, contrast and tonality, will be discussed. In the process you develop your perception and discover the power of your imagination.
You work alternately with nature – for example portrait, still life and model – and with assignments that are based on a certain technique or specific possibilities of the material. There is also room for imagination and processing your own ideas. Everyone can participate. The teacher guides everyone individually and will try to bring out everyone”s talent.
Course(s) april/may start online
The april/may courses will start online and will be taught online for an unknown number of classes. As soon as lessons can take place at CREA again, real life courses will switch to lessons in the CREA building. For the duration that the course is taught online, the teacher describes the course as follows:
During normal class time you will work on your drawing or painting at home. The work can be done at e.g. the kitchen table and in a format that works best for you and with the space you have available. You can pick up a package with materials at CREA.
The online course by Bas: We will always start the lesson together via ZOOM. Often you will have received an email before the lesson with a brief explanation of the assignment and images. Regularly, these will include videos in which the teacher performs the assignment, or part of it, while talking about it. This way you can see the possibilities of different materials and how to build up a work. We share our work via Google Drive. Here, you will have your own folder with pictures of your work and here the teacher can give written comments on the work if necessary. Furthermore (with the approval of the group) we can use a WhatsApp group to share images with each other. This will give you an idea of the work of the other course members and you will get to know each other. During the lesson, there will be contact moments to ask questions and to discuss the work.
The online course by Marjan: As a group, we can stay in touch via Zoom. The teacher will also make personal video calls during the lesson to give you good tips. You don’t have to finish your work during the course, you can work on it whenever you want. Every week you will receive a new assignment with examples and explanations. We will draw and paint based on photos and films, our immediate surroundings and ourselves. In every lesson, a technical aspect will be dealt with (setting up a portrait, the working of light and shadow, for example) and at the same time you will be challenged to work open-mindedly and to experiment with the materials. It might seem scary to start photographing your studies afterwards, but the emphasis lies on trying things out and not on the perfect end result. First, you will share the photos with the teacher and then we will put the pieces of work is our WhatsApp group. This creates the best WhatsApp group you have ever been in; a kind of digital photo museum with the most beautiful works of art!
The online course by Barbara: My plan to give the course via Zoom is also quite a challenge for me, I would really like to see you standing next to me when I show you instructions, mixing paint, bringing the right amount of water on your brush to you palette. A link will be sent to you by email as soon as I receive the list of participants, you will also receive a list of material you need to buy (online). The nice thing about Zoom is that you are directly in my studio, and I can also see your place.
With me you get my whole family there on Tuesday evening, that will take some getting used to for everyone, they know about it and my 12-year-old daughter will assist me and my love will certainly help out in the event of a digital lockdown.
Where the lessons end, you can continue to practice, the real work starts at home; who knows for a lifetime of pleasure on paper.
Walk-In-Studio Model Drawing
Can?t get enough? Every Saturday morning, from 10.30am to 1.00pm the walk-in-studio will practice model drawing with a (nude) model under supervision of CREA teachers.