When artists talk about light, what do they mean? How does it work, and what does it say? Explore different concepts and methods of representing light in this 2 and a half hour online course led by artist Kieran Stiles.
Learn simple and dynamic approaches to depicting light through the medium of oils. During this two and a half hour online session, Kieran places ideas and concepts in their historical context with practical demonstrations. He will refer to artists including Corot, Hopper, Michaelangelo, Morandi and Seurat. These artists have used light to bring solidity, contrast and focus to their paintings. Kieran will also demonstrate how he approaches these different concepts and methods of representation of light in his own work. This course will help you build confidence in representing light, and also the textural quality of the natural world.
Starting with preparatory drawings, you will focus on tonal values and mark-making. Drawing allows for a personal selection of visual moments to be captured with immediacy and vitality – a process which cannot be achieved by any other means. Kieran will guide you through the process of how to translate these drawings into oil paintings, and, through practical examples, you will see how these drawings inform and characterise your paintings.
Work from home alongside Kieran while using the inspirational set up in our studio in St Ives. Benefit from seeing how Kieran creates evocative compositions. Working from a live video, Kieran will guide you step-by-step through a series of exercises, demystifying the process of capturing light in oil painting.
You will need to gather your own materials for the course and have access to the internet. You will be working from the same recorded video as Kieran so you will see both Kieran at work and the video on screen. We will send you a handbook on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials. You won’t be seen or heard in the session but you can ask questions using the chat function.
We record these live sessions so you can watch again on demand for 6 month after the course. Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting
What will I learn?
- Understand how light can be captured in oil painting.
- Learn how artists have used light to add solidity, contrast and focus to their paintings.
- Learn how preparatory drawing can underpin your painting.
- Translate your drawings into oil paintings.
Who would this course suit?
Whether you are a complete beginner in oil paints or would like to build your confidence working with them, this course is a wonderful starting point.
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 6 months 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.
Seeing the Light with Kieran Stiles (online)
Drawing / Oil / Landscape
Sorry, this course is not currently available
As a practising artist, I hope that the excitement of learning through the physical experience of drawing and painting is conveyed in my teaching. I like to place different artistic subjects and painting methods in their historical context to illuminate ideas and inspire. Confidence is key when being creative, especially when starting, and feeling in control of the materials is crucial.
What to Bring
We will email you a guide on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials.
This will include a full materials list and you will need to use oil paint and either low odour white spirit or Zest It, if you are sensitive to solvents.
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, 4:30 pm – 7pm, Friday, 15th October
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 6 months after broadcast.
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 email@example.com 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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