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Wednesday, 29 May '24   5 weeks
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
4 spaces available


Course Code: ELL224
Tutor: Leigh Martin
When: Wed 6.00 - 9.00pm
Dates: 1 May - 26 Jun 2024
Duration: 5 weeks
Maximum Enrolment: 10

Cost: $270

Objects and environments which surround us are only visible when illuminated. Light not only allows us to see but determines how we experience form in space. As such, shadow is an absence, a lack of light as it has no mass or physical attributes. Light may incidentally fall or is intentionally cast upon an object or environment.

When drawing or painting, the default methodology is to use a white piece of paper or canvas, a brightness onto which we apply a variety of tonal values that often darken with each additional layer. Only the brightest highlights are left white. This methodology of shading subverts the natural state of how we experience darkness and of how light actually operates when it falls, or is applied to various surfaces and spaces.

This course offers the opportunity to employ a variety of different approaches so as to allow the student to understand how to successfully depict light both practically and emotively. It will provide valuable processes and techniques for any artist, whether their interests be representational or abstract. The course also offers a platform for artists wanting to develop their skills in underpainting, through to completed work.

NB: See materials list on website for what to bring.


Materials list
Let There Be Light - with Leigh Martin

A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best option and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school. The stores we recommend are:
• Studio Art Supplies, Crummer Road, Grey Lynn
• The French Art Shop, Taylors Road, Morningside
• Gordon Harris, Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies, Helensville or online

Materials required:
• White pencils: 1x chalk-based + 1x oil-based
• Conté pencils @ 1x: sepia light, sepia dark, black, white
• Charcoal (willow): soft & medium
• Soft & hard eraser
• Paints needed week 4 (acrylics or oils): mixing colours: warm red (cadmium hue), warm yellow (cadmium yellow hue), warm blue (ultramarine hue), cool red (crimson), cool yellow (lemon yellow), cool blue (phthalo, cobalt or cerulean), yellow ochre (oxide), raw umber, black and white
• Black paper: 2x jet black paper @ 120gsm, (available from Studio Art Supplies)
• White paper: 4x white cartridge A1+ @ 200+gsm, (available from Studio Art Supplies & BSA)
• Gesso
• A variety of paint brushes: ensure one is a thick, flat brush and one a smaller, tipped brush
• Low-tack masking tape: blue or lilac preferable
• Paper and pen for notes
• Palette knife / painting knife
• Rags and kitchen towels for cleaning
• Bulldog clips
• Appropriate clothing: apron or old shirt
• Small canvas panels / boards (don’t purchase until discussed)
• $15 to cover glazing mediums bought in bulk by tutor
• 2 small jars with lids to store mediums

At Browne School of Art, we also have a selection of basic materials recommended for purchase:
Paper in A1 / A2 sheets, newsprint, cartridge, sugar grey, wet strength, bulldog clips, pencils
charcoal, erasers, white chalk, black ink.

This list is a general guide only. The majority (though not necessarily all) of these materials may be used during the workshop as student’s progress. If you have other media that you would like to bring and incorporate into the workshop please feel free to do so.



Standard Booking

Available until Wed 29 May 6pm
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.

Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation

Available until Wed 29 May 6pm
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.


Browne School of Art
194 Great North Road
Grey Lynn