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Painting and Drawing the Life Model

Dr David Briggs
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 10 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 28 Nov 2017
  • Time: Tuesdays 6pm–9pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Dr David Briggs
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model holding the same pose over several sessions. David Briggs teaches various painting strategies, ranging from painting in a planned series of layers to direct (alla prima) painting, with a strong emphasis on using colour and tone to achieve a vivid sense of light and atmosphere. Students may choose which of these strategies to apply in their own work, and David instructs students in the crucial planning stages that help to achieve this result. Beginning students will learn the basic skills of how to handle oil paint confidently and expressively, how to analyse and paint a subject tonally, and how to mix any colour they want quickly and accurately. Continuing or advanced students will learn new ways to apply these skills to painting in full colour and whether to focus on the portrait or the whole figure as their subject.

Dr David Briggs

Dr David Briggs trained at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He specialises in life drawing and painting and in relating modern scientific knowledge of colour to artistic practice. He has taught art classes since 1996 at many institutions, including six years as the life drawing instructor for Disney’s Sydney studio and, since 2009, numerous classes in life drawing, art history and theory, and practical painting at the National Art School. He is the author of an extensive website on the theory and practice of colour for painters, The Dimensions of Colour. In 2018 he was invited by the Inter-Society Color Council (USA), as part of their International Color Day event, to present a webinar on his unique approach to teaching colour for painters.

Your lecturer will discuss all other materials in the first class; however for the first class bring the following:

For all students:

  • A3 sketchpad or loose sheets
  • 2 bulldog clips
  • Pencils
  • Kneadable (putty) eraser e.g. Faber-Castel Knetgummi art eraser
  • Stanley knife or similar (for sharpening) or pencil sharpener
  • Sheet of fine sandpaper (for sharpening)

For students doing painting:

An assortment of flat and round, bristle and/or synthetic sable brushes of various sizes from fine to large, in good condition.

Artist grade oil paints, preferably including:

  • Titanium White OR Zinc White
  • Permanent Rose
  • Bright opaque red (like Cadmium Red)
  • Bright yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Phthalocyanine Blue (e.g. "Winsor" OR "Spectrum" Blue)
  • Raw Umber
  • Ivory Black or Winsor and Newton Charcoal Grey

And optionally including

  • Bright orange like Cadmium Orange)
  • Phthalocyanine Green (e.g. "Winsor" OR "Spectrum" Green)
  • Ultramarine

Supports and other materials

  • Two stretched canvases, at least 12" x 16"
  • Tube of Matisse Carbon Grey acrylic paint for toning canvas
  • Palette, either wooden (not white) or a small glass clip frame
  • Stainless steel palette/mixing knife (NOT plastic)
  • Screw cap container ("dipper") for painting medium
  • Linseed Oil (small bottle)
  • Odourless Solvent
  • Old rags and paper towels

Protective clothing and covered footwear essentialective clothing and covered footwear essential