This course has concessions available

Painting And Drawing From Memory

This course will explore ways and means of painting and drawing from memory and the imagination.
Teaching will be through a range of practical tasks, discussion of theoretical ideas and examples of the work of other artists.

Tutor Bio: Kitty Reford is a painter and printmaker. She trained at Canterbury College of Art and The Royal Academy painting Schools. She has exhibited widely and worked for many years in higher and Further education

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

Students should have some previous knowledge about and experience of painting, drawing and visual language. This could be through previous courses at Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere, or past experience outside of formal learning.

What does this course cover

The course will cover various approaches to working from memory, and will refer closely to examples from contemporary and historical sources, both artists' work and theoretical ideas.
You will need a range of black & white and coloured media to carry out practical tasks on the course. This will be discussed during the first session.

Approaches will include:
' Examining and exploring memory as a specific physical function.
' Investigating working using the following sources (for example):
' Personal memory.
' Collective memory. (Myth, news etc)
' Photographs, film, moving image.
' Written Source
' Imagination

By the end of the course you should be able to:

1. Recognise and employ different strategies and resources around working from/ with memory.
2. Use a range of media and techniques within painting, drawing and mixed media to accentuate the qualities which working from/ with memory might bring to your work.
3. Understand how the visual language you choose is contributing to the subject.
4. Identify where and how memory might play a part in contemporary and historical artistic practice.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation via zoom. PowerPoint etc handouts with visual information (emailed to students). One-to-one teaching. Group discussions all via zoom.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
Each week there will be a practical task to complete during the week. Students will e-mail this work by the end of the week for inclusion as part of the discussion in the following class.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching. Sharing techniques/achievements in their work via zoom/ in class displays/discussion.
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 course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

You will need a range of black & white and coloured media to carry out practical tasks on the course. This will be discussed during the first session.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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