Join us for this two hour figure class led by Tom Rickman looking at Degas’ studies of dancers and their movements. Join in at home with guided exercises and watch live or later.
Broadcast live from our studio overlooking Porthmeor Beach, artist Tom Rickman leads you through a series of exercises around mark making. Learn how he captures the dynamic movement inspired by Edgar Degas’ famous sketches of dancers using line and tone.
We will start with a couple of 5 minute poses to loosen up followed by longer poses to enable you to take more time to develop your drawings.
For parts of the session the screen is split between the model and Tom’s canvas so you can draw along and also see Tom’s own drawing.
Your view will be different due to how we position the cameras. These sessions are designed to inspire, instruct and surprise. Suitable for any level of experience. Each one will be run slightly differently depending on the artist leading it.
You won’t be seen or heard in the session but you can ask questions using the webinar chat function. Share your work live with others on social media using the #SaturdayLifeLive and #schoolofpainting
Saturday Life Live – Inspired by Degas
Drawing / Various / Waterbased / Figure
How Does an online session work?
Once you have booked a session, we will send you a link so you can join the session. You don’t need to register with Zoom just follow the link you receive when you book.
You can put questions to the tutor using the question and answer function during the session. The sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch again on demand for up to 2 weeks. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
The process of learning a practical discipline such as painting, can seem both daunting and frustrating. In the landscape and the studio I assess each individual student’s ability and use this as a starting point, trying to keep the teaching just beyond the curve of what they can and want to do. As much as teaching them the basics and certain techniques of oil painting, I wish to show them pointers and possible directions of development within their own work.
What to Bring
Drawing materials: white cartridge paper, putty rubber, stick charcoal. Brown paper and tinted pastel paper can be nice to work on as well.
You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are less suitable due to the small screen size but certainly possible.
Timings and Breaks
At about 9.50 am please follow the link to go to your session’s waiting room. We will play a video with audio of students artwork we have collated so far in response these session. So you can check you are connecting ok.
Any problems either receiving your link or connecting please contact email@example.com and we will do our best to get that sorted before the start time.
We will start at 10.00 am and work for 2 hours. We will pause for questions at different points during the session you can pose any questions to the artist using the Q & A function.
Do I need a webcam/any equipment.
If it’s for our 1hr webinars no webcam is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough. So far no art equipment has been necessary but this will depend on individual sessions.
For the longer online courses you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.
I have registered for the webinar but I cant find my joining link
The link will have been emailed to you at the time of booking in your booking confirmation. You don’t need to register separately with Zoom. Please check your junk mail. If you can’t find your booking confirmation email please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resend it.
I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?
The video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. Currently all our short online sessions are recorded and you will have two weeks from the date of the session to watch it.
How can I get help in choosing a course?
Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180
How do I get my work home?
Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.
For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.
What do I need to bring?
Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.
What do I do for lunch?
Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.
What times do courses run?
Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.
Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.
Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?
The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.
If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.
Booking a Course
Can I pay by cheque?
Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG
How can I reserve a place?
We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.
You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.
About St Ives
Where do I park?
The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.
How do I get there?
Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.
Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.
Where can I stay?
St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.
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