Figurative Painting Class: Summer 2021 ‘Portrait and Figure
Taught by Martin Kerrison.
Discover exciting art and processes, looking at how a variety of artists have interpreted the face and figure. Use and control drawing materials, paints, colours, textures and mediums, learning from contemporary and historical drawing and painting. This 11 week course looks drawing and painting. It looks at a variety of approaches to portraiture and the figure. This is a mixed ability class and is suitable for beginners. We welcome students with a wide range of previous experiences or none at all.
Sessions will run on Thursdays from 10-3pm,
with an hour break for lunch from 12-1pm
Each week, or at the start of a two week or longer project, students will be provided with a pdf of learning resources and sessions themselves will be delivered in real-time via Whatsapp and video via Hangouts Meet and Zoom. The exception will be the field visits which give us the opportunity for students and their
teacher to meet and work out of doors. Students are encouraged to share their learning and will receive feedback on their work. Anyone not wishing to take part in these ‘real-time’ interactive sessions may participate via email or Whatsapp.
Due to the restrictions in place during the Covid19 epidemic, we are still unable to use the art room. While this restricts learning in some ways, it also offers the opportunity to explore other means of learning. Each week, or at the start of a two week or longer project, students will be provided with a pdf of learning resources and sessions themselves will be delivered in real-time via Whatsapp and video via Hangouts Meet. The exception will be the field visit which gives us the opportunity for students and their teacher to meet and work out of doors.
Anyone not wishing to take part in these ‘real- time’ interactive sessions may participate via email or Whatsapp.
New students to RSOP will have the opportunity to join a trial session.
Field sessions may be run to different times. Field sessions are dependent on the weather so the timing may be rearranged or a replacement session created if the elements intercede.
The classes will look at both drawing and painting. Students will require a basic set of drawing materials. A range of soft and hard pencils, a rubber, charcoal and a range of sizes of drawing paper will all be useful. Sets of paint are also required. Watercolour and Oil paint are essential. These sets should include ultramarine blue, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, burnt sienna and white(oil paint only). This is a minimum and can be supplemented as desired or advised. White spirit, turpentine and Liquin (painting medium) are suggested for mixing with oil paint. A set of acrylics may be used instead of oil paint if desired.
The cost of the course is £285 for the 11 sessions.
New students to RSOP, joining at any point are welcome for a trial session and then decide whether to sign up for the course.
"...Martin is an excellent teacher and I feel I have learnt a lot during the classes. It’s also been interesting learning about different artists and themes ..We were taught the very basics at the start of the course which was very helpful when it came to drawing... "
Carole, Thursday afternoon class.
I started art classes 3 months ago as a complete novice. There are students with varying degrees of skills, and Martin explains each lesson carefully to draw or paint the life model. I never realised that there are so many styles of painting, which is an education in itself, and the lessons are so much fun that time flies. I really like Martin's encouragement, and his ability to find positive things in my work. He also has extensive academic knowledge, and takes us on gallery visits which I also enjoy.
Ray, Thursday mornings.
"Martin runs an absorbing, informative and thoroughly engaging life painting course. Martin is sensitive to all levels of ability and also gives advice and help on an individual basis whenever asked. Martin is adaptive and responsive and provides a good clear level of instruction and information, often with practical demonstration as necessary. The classes fly by and are a real pleasure."
Sarah, Thursday afternoon class.
Martin Kerrison, M.A.
Martin Kerrison is a figurative artist specialising in magical realism. Apocalyptic fairgrounds and flying dodgem cars depict a surreal and very contemporary satire at the interface between personal narrative and social commentary. He exhibits regularly in and around London.
He graduated from the University of Northumbria with a honours degree in Fine Art (Painting), where his work exploring the human condition was inextricably linked to life drawing and painting with bathroom scenes presenting psychological dramas where the body was encountered through presence or absence.
Martin completed a PGCE in Art and German at Westminster College Oxford and an MA in the History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, graduating with distinction.
"...I would recommend Richmond School of Painting for several reasons. I am finally learning how to draw and paint properly, despite always being afraid of oils and commit my pencial and brush to paper. As we go along I also learn about the artists I want to know more about and see how I can incorporate some of their techniques and ideas into my work. The tuition is both hands on and subtle - you can ask as much as you like, or you can wait till the end of the class for a commentary; but detailed or short, you always understand the comments and criticism. I look forward to my painting class. It's a lot of fun, even if I take my work seriously. I like the 'hall' environment they have created and the people who attend the classes. Plus you get free tea and chocolate biscuits. Excellent."
Harry, Thursday afternoon class.