Figurative painting – composition, drama and movement

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation
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Course description

Figurative painting – composition, drama and movement:

Learn the direct visual approach to drawing, composing, and completing a painting of a dynamic scene. On this course you will learn studio techniques to create a dramatic composition. The scene will evolve during the course from a life model in multiple and different position, both clothed and nude, which combined with the props create a ‘stage’ for the narrative. The focus for the course is figurative allegory. You will paint with your preferred painting medium, either oils or acrylics, using preparatory drawings to develop a complete composition of a lively figurative study. The course is an innovative way for you to develop your response to the human figure. It is an ideal foundation for the development of painting refined figurative forms in an exciting compositional arrangement and setting.

The tutor introduces the context of ‘Tableau’ painting and encourages you in your personal response to the subject. Techniques include primary mark-making, the different approaches to under painting and fresco painting. You will also be encouraged to experiment whilst working with the technical structures that make a successful painting. The tutor will also guide you with the different approaches to mixing and applying colour, mark-making, highlighting and accenting through one to one tutor support, live class technical demonstrations and the critical analysis of ‘Tableau’ in painting.

By the end of the course you will have completed a painting built upon a narrative using the different painting techniques explored throughout the course. You will have increased your knowledge and understanding of how to use allegory and meaning in your painting which you can explore further in other painting subjects.

Additional entry requirements

This course is for those who have taken a related course or have some existing skills, and for more experienced practitioners who want to expand skills. The focus is on working towards independent practice

Course reference: S3D08359 (use this when contacting provider)

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Chichester, PO18 0QZ


3 days


Full time


No Qualification


Beginner Intermediate Advanced

per course

More info: Arrival day: Sunday; Course run from Monday to Wednesday.

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