Figurative Compositions with Mixed Media

What are some of the basic components involved in composing an engaging, harmonious and believable figurative composition? This class will address overarching geometric forms, the distribution of light and shade, the harmonious arrangement of figures in a landscape and interior or exterior architectural setting along with the accurate use of linear and aerial perspective. We will also experiment with creating our own compositional diorama, in order to better come to grips with creating the illusion of space and understanding the fall of light and shade. In addition, the suitability of different media to the different stages or aspects in building up a composition will be explored.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Week 1: Art Historical introduction to composition. Composition and overarching geometric forms.
  • Week 2 to 4: The ink wash drawings of Nicolas Poussin and the distribution of light and shadow in composition.
  • Week 5: Linear perspective and the figure in an architectural setting.
  • Week 6 -7: Compositional diorama.
  • Week 8: Vertical composition in black chalk and white gouache on blue-grey paper.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a more comprehensive understanding of composition in relation to geometric form, light and shade, linear and aerial perspective and figurative narration.
  2. Apply an understanding of composition to a drawing practice.
  3. Have gained a greater overarching design context for drawing the figure, landscape and still life objects.
  4. Make practical use of historical compositional drawings within a drawing practice.


MATERIALS LIST

  • Oil-based black chalk pencil hard (Faber Castel PITT or equivalent brand)
  • Oil-based black chalk pencil soft (Faber Castel PITT or equivalent brand)
  • White gouache
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Stanley Knife
  • Nib holder
  • Speedball lettering & drawing round pen nib B Style B-5 ½ (and two other nibs of smaller sizes).
  • Ink
  • Watercolour brush – size 8
  • A3 Sketchbook that can take ink washes (e.g. Archers watercolour pad)
  • One sheet of A2 blue-grey watercolour paper
  • 2x 500 grams Micador modelling clay (or plasticine)


IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


ART SUPPLY STOCKISTS

  • The Art Scene, UNSW Art & Design Campus, Greens Rd Paddington NSW. Ph: 8815 1569
  • The Art Scene, West Ryde, Ph: 9807 6900 (incl. online shop)
  • Bondi Road Art Supplies 179 Bondi Road Bondi. Ph: 9387 3746. (Closed Fridays and Sundays)
  • Eckersley’s Art and Craft Store 93 York Street Sydney, Ph: 02 9299 4151. Also at North Sydney, St Leonards, Chatswood, Caringbah, Parramatta & more.

Enquire at your art shop for a Student’s Discount with your WEA course receipt.

$298 Limited / $268

What are some of the basic components involved in composing an engaging, harmonious and believable figurative composition? This class will address overarching geometric forms, the distribution of

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30 Apr

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