Faces are the most interesting things we see; other people fascinate me, and the most interesting aspect of other people – the point where we go inside them – is the face. It tells all. (David Hockney)
There are these painterly things that happen while I'm working. (Marlene Dumas)
Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. (Rembrandt)
The City Lit Year of the Figure and Portrait is a one year programme one day a week which offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of ways of working with this most perennial and fascinating of subjects –human beings.
Students on this course began with practising helpful technical approaches to drawing and painting the human head and figure from observation of the model. In term two they then worked through various experimental approaches using found imagery and ideas from a variety of starting points; from the model through to images from sources such as photographs, newspapers, memory and imagination.
In term three students embarked on personal projects identifying where their interests lay from the previous two terms, building on their successes and clarifying individual aims, having the choice to work with or without the model.