Life Painting: Perception & the sustained pose

22 Aug 2016 – 2 Sep 2016

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Mon - Fri, 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Slade School of Fine Art

London, United Kingdom

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The Slade Summer School is an exiciting opportunity for a wide range of students to work within the studios of The Slade; a world-renowned school of fine art. This course offers a unique opportunity to work directly from a sustained life model pose.


This Life Painting course is specifically designed for students who wish to work directly from a sustained life model pose for the rare duration of two weeks and offers an opportunity to participate in a stimulating dialogue about the nature of sustained observation and ideas connected to it.

The course will begin with a collaborative studio arrangement through a creative process which sets the model poses and colour environments as a group, including participants working spaces. These poses will be fixed and sustained for the full two weeks. Conversation and one to one tuition will be offered on issues specific to the experience of a sustained visual exchange: patterns of colour mixing, the sensing of temperature, tone and form, perceptual shifts taking place between the artist & subject, and the role of structure in terms of proportion and spatial relationships.

The course will encourage personal development and experimentation, as well as providing a lively space for further exploration and definition of the genre. Studio time working from the model will be interspersed with discussions, slide talks, workshops and invited speakers, as a catalyst to exchange, discover, and articulate ideas which inform and unfold from this particular activity. Perceptual issues will be considered and contextualized in relation to recent developments in the neuroscience of vision- ideas about optics in relation to illusion and the imagination. The practice of ‘painting from appearances’ and the various strategies employed by artists working in this way will be explored to enrich the experience of making a sustained painting from the life model.

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