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.