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THE PORTRAIT COURSE

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THE TWO DAY COURSE

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DRAWING THE FIGURE IN THE ACADEMIC STYE

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ARTISTIC ANATOMY

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THE PORTRAIT COURSE

At SSCA painting from life is the culmination of all the essential skills we teach. In this course students attend the one-week portrait course and work from the live model.


2023 DATES

WINTER COURSE:

Group one - January 9th - 13th

ONLINE GROUP - January 16th - 20th 

£200 

SUMMER COURSE:

Group one - July 24th - 28th

Group two - July 31st - August 4th


5 Days 10AM - 4PM

£400

(can be split into four equal payments of £100, or two of £200)

The course starts with an in-depth explanation of the SSCA process for approaching realistic painting and drawing. A technical demonstration on mixing colours organising the palette and preparing mediums, and producing a painting made directly from the live model. Students work for 5 hours daily, theory in the morning for two hours and three hours in the afternoon with the model.

The session begins with two hours of theory and drawing, designed to strengthen the students visual relationship with three-dimensional form. Students use a limited palette for their portrait, they soon discover its phenomenally wide range of hues and its harmonious unity of them. Projects range from 3, 5 and ten minute drawings and then progress to develop a structure for their painted portrait.

In the afternoon students return and work with the live model. In a rich and atmospheric environment students learn the essential points of classical portrait painting, rhythm, lighting, the illusion of three dimensional form and space. This class will fine tune the students approach to painting from life in any students work, whether experienced or complete beginner. The knowledge and confidence is applicable to every form of artistic expression.

Students will use the sight-size method of measurement as well as other drawing methods including Riley and Loomis.

Instruction is on an individual basis, so students of all levels are welcome.

MATERIALS LIST​

  • 1 HB Pencil

  • 1 sharpener

  • Sheet of tracing paper, A4 size. 

  • One 10x12 canvas board.

  • 75ml Bottle of Windsor Newton Liquin

  • One tube of Burnt Umber or Raw Umber acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, white (any brand, any quality, small size)

  • Small bottle of odourless solvents.

  • Oil Paints - Daler Rowney Georgian Oil Colours or Windsor Newton Oil Colour (must include Oxide Light Red, raw Umber, Burnt Umber,  Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Ivory black, Yellow ochre, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue) 75ml/37ml

  • 1 pack of baby wipes

  • One pad of paper tear-away palettes (or if you prefer a plastic/wooden palette, just remember to keep it clean)

  • Artist brushes of good quality or long handled cat's tongue brushes sizes 2-12. 

  • (Long handle if possible)

  • https://www.rosemaryandco.com/watercolour-brushes/golden-synthetic/filbert-cats-tongue

 
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DRAWING THE FIGURE IN THE ACADEMIC STYLE

TUESDAY EVENING 6PM-9PM

JANUARY 17TH - APRIL 11TH 2023

TWELVE SESSIONS OVER TWELVE WEEKS

£600

(Can be split into three monthly payments of £200)

THE SCOTTISH SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL ART

The Space

257 London Road

G401PE

This course is designed to advance the student’s translation of the three dimensional to the two dimensional, allowing you to confront the human figure, and eventually to draw it with fluency. Skill in drawing is considered fundamental to painting, sculpture or other art form at the Scottish School of Classical Art, and so we begin with the most difficult subject to draw effectively - the figure.

At SSCA we use Riley Method as a springboard for students to develop rhythmical and gestural figure drawings, finely rendered in an academic style. We use Riley Method to place the main volumes of the human body and interconnect them with rhythms. This method not only deals with outline, but partially with anatomy and the figure in motion. This creates a vital, lively impression of a naturalistic figure. 
To achieve a realistic impression the students construct the figure using riley method, we “mannequinise” in the initial stages, this places each volume and from there we precisely apply more characterful features. We address tone and shadow mapping, we lay the most descriptive shapes and then bring the drawing to render. Through our methods of drawing, students progress from structure, simple outlines, to drawing from their newly gained knowledge of anatomy. This is to produce realistic proportions and a sense of weight and balance. After this, students key the correct value structures, they use edge quality, group light and shadow families, all to imply the form of the figure. 

Students gain an introduction to the academic method of figure drawing, used by the major Realist ateliers of 19th century. Best exemplified the French and Russian Academic tradition.

Anatomical tuition will give an overview of specific pieces of the human body and how they directly translate to our figurative drawing practice. The goal with our anatomy lectures is for you to use the figure as a reference point for your knowledge, develop realistic drawings without extensive time with the figure.

From the second week through the end of the course, they work from the live model everyday for 2 hours per session on a long pose, using graphite and working on paper. Students receive regular individual critiques to help guide them toward a fully resolved and accurate drawing from their instructor.

By the conclusion of DRAWING THE FIGURE IN THE ACADEMIC STYLE you will be able to work freely and confidently with the human figure and use the descriptive information it provides to create a believable visual impression.

Key learning objectives:

  • The application of knowledge in representing the anatomy of the human figure

  • How to use a complex “shadow map”, illustrating how light is cast across the form of the figure

  • How to illustrate a realistically proportioned human figure

  • Skill in representing the subtle variation in forms from pose to pose

  • How to apply a knowledge of edge quality, its range of sharpness to softness

  • Create a sense of form turning

  • Record gesture, structure, anatomy, balance and weight

  • Create a realistic impression of light flowing over the form

ACADEMIC DRAWING MATERIALS LIST


Two HB pencils (Blue Staedtler if possible)

5+ 2B Pencils: This kind have very soft wood and are easier to sharpen:

STAEDTLER Mars Lumograph 2B Pencil (Pack of 12) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001A1PP62/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_F40D0JR49553BZMRVB4K

Two 2H pencils. (Blue Staedtler if possible)


One sanding block or sand paper sheet - fine grain. (Any hardware shop should have these for very cheap.)

One sharpening blade (Stanley knives work well)

One artists gum rubber

One mahl stick

 
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ANATOMY FOR THE ARTIST

WINTER COURSE: JANUARY 23rd - FEBRUARY 3RD - £400

SPRING COURSE: APRIL 17th - MAY 1st 2022 -£400

Monday - Friday 10AM-5PM

During Anatomy for the Artist we give students new ways to understand the structures of the human body. Our strong insistence on creating drawings from life means that our studies of anatomy need to be concise and rigourous. 

We afford the student new ways of simplifying the endlessly complex forms of the figure, this is to understand and represent in an efficient and correct manner. 

Through our anatomy course we endeavour to increase awareness of the skeletal structure, create in the mind a full image of the human figure, this is in its correct proportions and planes. We aim to confer a knowledge of key constructive points, instilling in the mind a 3D image of each form. 

           

    Key Studies:

    • Skeleton in three projections

    • Skull

    • Rib cage and Spinal Column

    • Pelvic Bones

    • Major joints: Elbow and Knee

    • Hands and Feet

    • Muscles of   the Head   and Neck

    • Muscles of the Torso - front & back

    • Muscles   of   the   Lower   Limbs

    • Muscles of the Hands and Feet

    • Schematic Model of Full Figure


          

     
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    THE TWO-DAY COURSE

    The core program, condensed over two days a week.

    Autumn Semester: October 10th - December 16th

    Winter Semester: January 23rd - March 31st, 2023
    Spring Semester: April 17th - July 7th

    Any two days, Monday - Friday, 10-5 

    £600 (Can be split into three equal monthly payments)

    STARTING ACADEMIC DRAWING


    A designed set of studies focussing on outline, proportion and shadow shape. A step by step progression through our curriculum.

    The first set of studies are intended to empower the students visual, associative language in two dimensions. This is to prepare them to confront three-dimensional subjects in life.


    BEGINNING CAST DRAWING


    Cast drawing compiles the skills gained from the first phase of the course. Students complete replicas of plaster casts in two dimensions, it sensitises the students eye to values and light found in nature.


    FIGURE DRAWING 


    The figure is crucial to the school’s curriculum. Figure drawing 101 utilises the accuracy gained from the cast and from Bargue drawings to represent a living model. 

    Students are instructed to retain three essential concerns when working from the live model: gesture, proportion and body archetype. To achieve a realistic impression students approach the drawing using two ways: line, where the student draws the outside contour and around the shadow shapes, or a mass-based approach, where the student lays in value to find the most descriptive shapes. Students also combine these two approaches.


    ANATOMY FOR THE ARTIST


    At SSCA we believe that the best way to understand form is to draw from life regularly and to compliment this comprehension with an in-depth knowledge of the structures of the human body. Our strong insistence on drawing from life means that studying anatomy rigorously is essential to completing the program. During our studies of anatomy we give students new tools to understand the deeper structures of the figure as well as the exterior forms.

     

    DISCLAIMER

    No refunds can be made once the student has paid the tuition fees and committed to the course, unless provided with a doctor’s note to state medical issues or special circumstances.