Drawing & Painting Fundamentals

This course will lead you through the essential methods of objective drawing, across a range of drawing materials, and introduce you to the foundational skills of painting in the versatile medium of acrylic paint. With extensive experience as a professional artist and tutor, Kevin McKay will show you how to structure your drawing to represent a variety of objects in correct and consistent proportion, employ the techniques of perspective, and capture the effect of light and shadow to model convincing three-dimensional illusion. You will explore the expressive quality of mark making, and experiment with different approaches to composition as you work from life and with reference to the techniques of traditional and contemporary masters. Charcoal drawing will open the door to tonal realism and to painting where you will mix an astonishing range of tones, prepare a ground, paint a tonal still life and begin the transition to painting in full colour. This intensive foundational course will prepare you to continue with confidence into more advanced classes.

Course outline:

Week 1 Scale and proportion. Use line of symmetry, measuring methods to find shapes and elipses to represent still life forms.
Week 2 Linear perspective. Unlock the magic of vanishing points to draw convincing architectural forms.
Week 3 Sketching and cross-hatching. Explore the expressive and modeling potential of line with reference to the Masters.
Week 4 Tonal drawing. Discover the softness and clarity that tone can bring through the versatility of willow charcoal and/or ink.
Week 5 50 shades of grey. Mix an astonishing range of tones in this introduction to acrylic paint.
Week 6 Tonal painting. Apply tonal palette and drawing skill in painting your first still life.
Week 7 Light and Shadow. Discover two kinds of light and shadow and the blending skills necessary to paint a sphere.
Week 8 Colour mixing. Use warm and cool primaries to mix strong secondary colours and mix opposites to make subtle tertiaries.

Learning outcome:

You will learn the essential methods of objective drawing and basic acrylic painting methods that will prepare you to continue with confidence into more advanced classes, including the following learning outcomes:

  • Measuring strategies to structure your drawing in correct and consistent proportion
  • How to represent the outside shape of objects as well as its solid form.
  • The principles of linear perspective.
  • The expressive and modeling potential of line.
  • How to use a range of drawing materials.
  • How to bring tone into your drawing.
  • How to prepare a ground for painting
  • How to mix a range of tones in acrylic paint
  • How to apply these in a tonal still life
  • How to paint highlights and shadows.
  • How to blend colours.
  • How to mix secondary and tertiary colours.

What to bring:

  • A4 visual diary
  • A3 pad of cartridge paper
  • HB – 4B pencils

Note: An art materials handout will be given in the first class.

Art Supplies Discount:

As an added bonus for learning Art with SGSCC, all enrolled students are entitled to a generous 10% discount off the purchase of art supplies when they shop instore at Eckersley’s Art & Craft, Taren Point!
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About the Tutor:

'Kevin McKay is a practising artist who holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the National Art School and exhibits at May Space Gallery, Sydney. His many accolades include The Basil & Muriel Hooper Scholarship from the AGNSW, 2006; the William Fletcher Foundation’s Scholarship to The British School at Rome, 2011; the Kogarah Emerging Artist Prize, 2012; the Waverley Oil Painting Prize, 2013; the Allan Gamble Memorial Prize, 2015; the People’s Choice Award, Waverley Art Prize, 2016, and Bayside Art Award, 2018. Mr McKay has been a tutor with SGSCC for over 7 years, with experience teaching art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Grammar School, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, and the National Art School and says: "I enjoy sharing my passion for art with others.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

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