does not reproduce
the visible; rather
it makes visible”
At NW3 ART students are encouraged to try out new materials, as well
as build on any pre-existing skills, experimenting with everything
a certain medium has to offer.
There is a focus on traditional techniques and key aspects of representational
art, as well as more expressive forms of painting and drawing. Everything
will be explored; media included is oil on canvas, acrylic, watercolour,
pen and ink wash, charcoal, pencil, pastel, cut out, sculpture and
During the lessons the mystery of ‘figurative art ’ is
broken down into observations and techniques; so that students can
learn how to achieve representational illusions, if they so choose
to. In this way, pupils have the foundation from which they can build
or simply express themselves.
As well as the cognitive and therapeutic values of the process of
making art, students can simply enjoy trying out new media, experimenting
with materials and their personal interpretation.
Genres included are landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, still life,
and optical drawing. A fresh look at the world around us will be approached
both through long distance; pulling back and looking out (landscape)
and scrutiny at close quarters, up close in the studio - (portraiture,
botanical drawing, still life, op art).
When drawing, children will often spend 90% of their time looking
at the paper rather than the subject. Study of observation, comprehension
and application will inverse this. The way the eye ‘sees’
is discussed and the notion of perception is explored.
Overcoming concrete thought is a great step towards the magic of the
the illusion in representational art. We tend to want to draw what
we know rather than what we actually see. Insight into what makes
objects and subjects look ‘real’ or ‘solid’
such as simple shading and highlights are key to making an image leap
from the paper. A basic knowledge of the vanishing point can set out
a scene in ‘real’ space.
Art historians, sculptors, painters, designers and cinematographers.
Hampstead Heath, which is just a few minutes walk from the studio.