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Contemporary Approaches To Painting

This course aims to give students introduction and guidance to discover what contemporary painting can be. Youll explore this question through works of art made between 1960 and the present day, with a focus on art made during the past decade. The day will be an introduction to artists practices today, exploring some of their main concepts and strategies and applying some of those theories to your painting.

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Who is this course for

No previous knowledge or experience is necessary for this course, but it would suit the student who is willing to openly explore painting as a language that might not necessarily be descriptive or merely the imitation of things or styles. This course will help students to produce work for their portfolios and apply for BA or Foundation courses.

What does this course cover

You will be working with acrylic, inks and monoprints as well as a variety of other mediums. You will also learn many other skills such as painting techniques, producing grounds, textures, mark making etc.
Experimentation with shape, colour and texture to develop the individual artist within.
This course aims to give students the space, and guidance to discover what contemporary painting can be and where, if anywhere, it fits to life's experience, how we see the world and how much it may have more formal, aesthetic considerations.
By the end of the course you will be able to.
- Understand the basic technical language for contemporary artwork
- Produce artwork that you can build up into a portfolio
- Understand how you can progress with your artwork in the future
- Receive and research contemporary artists and start understanding their work

What will it be like

You will be encouraged to continually reflect on what you're making. You will also be helped to describe what you find and embed those discoveries in your ongoing practice. One-to-one tutorials will help you to understand better the principles of the contemporary art. Demonstrations by your tutor will help you to learn more about techniques and language in contemporary painting. You will learn how to work as part of a creative group and evaluate your work. Your tutor will provide you with useful handouts and online links related to contemporary artists, exhibitions, techniques and materials.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions

Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.

How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.

Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

The Tutor keeps a supply of pigments/colours, brushes etc for students. Paper is available from the Centre.

What this course could lead to

There are several other courses available at the Centre in art and craft. Students may use it to build up a portfolio for entrance to art school, or at the Approaches to Contemporary art course at MWC.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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