These modules use the chiaroscuro skills from the drawing module to introduce you to a variety of oil painting techniques. Students will then build upon this knowledge with classical imprimatura and alla prima renaissance painting techniques. Each module has the minimum of three painting studies and the option for a personal study in line with the modules objectives. These studies consist of classical casts and still life. We strongly recommend this pathway for anyone wishing to master realism, especially in portraiture and still life - from life.
Each student will be given a number of tonal painting projects to complete to a high representational standard. These are initially low chroma studies allowing them to focus on correct proportion, line and mass of a given subject. A limited palette is then introduced enabling students to put colour theory into practice when colour mixing. Students will build upon their tonal understanding through a gradual progression from this simple palette to a more complex one in later modules. Using limited colours students will reproduce the subtle differences in hue found in shadows, highlights, reflections as they work their way through each study.