Join artist Tom Rickman for a wintry session of shape and shadow as we recreate poses from classic cinema. Live from our studio in St Ives with a model, you are invited to join in at home with guided exercises.
Taking the iconic images from the film Metropolis as a starting point, we invite you for a cosy session of classic cinema-inspired life drawing. Working live from a back-lit model, Tom will demonstrate how to capture shape and shadow.
Draw-along with Tom from the comfort of your own home as he guides you through a series of exercises aimed to inspire an alternative technique at capturing the figure. See how changing the angle of the light source can create abstract shapes and shadows as they cast against the walls of our St Ives studios. By watching Tom at work, learn how to use simple, bold outlines and shade for dramatic effect.
Starting with 5 and 10 minute poses, these will be followed by longer poses to develop your drawings. You will have the option to introduce colour using gouache, watercolour or pastel.
Recorded in our studio overlooking Porthmeor Beach, you will draw alongside Tom, from the model. Get a unique insight into how to work with shape and shadow as well as outline and form.
The screen will be split between the model and Tom’s paper throughout the session so you can draw and paint along with Tom. Your view will be different due to how we position the cameras. Share your work live with others on social media using the #SaturdayLifeLive and #schoolofpainting
Saturday Life Live – Shape and Shadow
Drawing / Waterbased / Figure
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What will I learn?
- Learn how to capture the figure through bold outlines and shadow.
- See how lighting the figure from different angles can create abstract shapes to build your own experimental compositions from.
- Learn how to work with charcoal on white and coloured paper.
Who would this course suit?
Beginners and those with more experience are both welcome to join. If you are looking to learn new ways to expand your drawing and painting practice, this course is for you.
How does an online session work?
We will send you a link the day before the session so you can join in live.
You can put questions to the tutor using the online chat function. We record the sessions so you can watch on demand, as often as you like, for up to one month after. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting
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
You will need charcoal and white and brown paper but we will email you a guide on setting up ready for the workshop covering equipment and materials.
You will need access to the internet and either a Smart TV, PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable however cast your phone to a Smart TV.
Timings and Breaks
Live broadcast: 10.30 – 12.30 pm, Saturday 27th November,
During the session please pose questions to the artist using the chat function.
We will be sending you a recording of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for up to one month after broadcast.
Online Art Courses
Do I need a webcam/any equipment.
For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet no webcam or microphone 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, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.
For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. 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 be emailed to you at least 30 minutes before the session. Please check your junk mail and if you can’t find the email please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will resend it. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.
I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?
Currently all our online sessions are recorded and the video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. You will have at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.
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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