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Contemporary Figurative Painting

Kim Spooner
  • Term: Summer School Week One 2018
  • Start Date: 8 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 12 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Kim Spooner
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

In this inspiring and energetic painting course you will be shown how to recognise the elements of contemporary figurative painting and instructed in painting from life using live models, objects and paraphernalia that refer to the human condition in contemporary life. Kim Spooner leads you through the process of identifying relevant and personal narratives by introducing you to the works of contemporary painters such as Peter Doig, Neo Rauch, Jenny Saville, Louise Hearman, Ben Quilty and others, whose works you will see at the exhibition Something Living at the Art Gallery of NSW, on a guided tour with Kim as part of the course. The subject of people and their lives has never gone out of fashion but, as culture shifts and society changes, so do the elements of ordinary life; it is a subject that continues to fascinate and challenge artists. The course is designed for a range of levels, responding to each student’s skill, style and aesthetic while reinforcing the fundamentals of figurative painting. Kim encourages you to try a range of materials, including drawing tools, collage, acrylics and oils, and gives demonstrations of and detailed instructions on their use.

Kim Spooner

Kim Spooner’s incisive and expressive paintings and portraits are held in public and private collections. Represented by Annandale Galleries, Sydney, and Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide, she was awarded the Onslow Storrier Studio Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2008. Kim is a prolific exhibitor, and her practice involves constant dialogue with contemporary and historical masters. Her recent exhibitions explore narratives using metaphor and allegory, recalling personal history and creating visual stories that refer to the human condition. She is a figurative and still life painter and an expert in encaustic and egg tempera techniques. An excellent communicator, Kim has been a lecturer in both the drawing and painting departments at the National Art School for almost 20 years.

Bring one or more works you intend to develop during the course – this can include ideas for paintings you would like to develop in the workshop, partly finished paintings, sketches and source ideas.

  • Pen and notebook
  • 3 sheets of A1, craft or cartridge paper for sketching compositions
  • Medium size canvas or wooden panel for major work – minimum size: 76 x 60 cm
  • 2 Charcoal pencils (4B)
  • A selection of paint brushes
  • Acrylic or Oil paints – primary colours (red, blue, yellow, raw umber, raw sienna, white)
  • 2 glass jars
  • Paint rags

Students should bring their art supplies if they have them.

New painters should get limited materials until the lecturer has met them and discussed materials with them.