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Thursday, 28 July '22   0 days
17 spaces available

This is an online event.

Joining instructions will be provided after booking.


Course Code: OESU322
Tutor: Matthew Browne
When: Thur 6.00 - 8.00pm
Dates: 28 July - 21 Sept 2022
Duration: 9 weeks
Maximum Enrolment: 24

Cost: $280

It’s an exciting decision to embark on a drawing and painting course and this is never truer than in the first stages when there is a whole new world to discover. This online course is constructed to help you reconnect with the language of both drawing and painting. Aspects of observation and the processes of seeing are introduced.

You will progress at a gentle, manageable pace. We will look at line, tone, composition, perspective, colour and the mixing and application of paint. Through observation, you will be introduced to seeing the 'abstract' by way of pictorial structure, to issues of transparency, opacity, surface, depth, and space. On completion of this course you will be able to draw and paint with greater confidence and will have practised the visual fundamentals.

Session 1 Welcome, introductions and course overview Analogue drawings; how a drawing can embody aesthetic of feeling and emotion. Drawings in line looking at positive/negative space, perceived edges, the picture plane, proportion, space and depth. Required: pencils & erasers
Session 2 Line from the still life. Finding your natural way to draw. Develop drawings through visualisation, blind contour and an essential observation of positive and negative space. Achieving awareness of placement, perspective, form and ‘weight’ of touch. Required: pencils, willow charcoal, eraser.
Session 3 Tone Observing from the photocopy. Bringing about awareness of tonal pattern. Achromatic scale: light to dark. Representation of form and volume through tonal values and contrast. Required: willow & compressed charcoal, erasers.
Session 4 Line & Tone Observations in tonal drama, further explorations of tonal pattern. Expression, mark-making, control, impulse, deliberation. Required: ink, dip pen, soft filament brush, candle (for wax resist)
Session 5 Painting An introduction to paint, colour and assured mixing.
The 7 colour contrasts. Gaining visual confidence through application. Develop 4 paintings to illustrate contrast strategies of warm/cool, saturation, complementary, and light/dark. Required: paints: see list, gel medium, hog brushes, palette, apron/old shirt.
Session 6 Painting Observation from the still life image. Looking at composition, colour, form, transparency, opacity, expression and process.
Materials as previous week plus 1x A4 sized (approx.) prepared canvas panel or stretched canvas.
Session 7 Perspective The perception of depth, the picture plane, ground plane, horizon line, 1/2/3-point perspective. Required: pencil & charcoal
Session 8 Painting & Depth Complete a painting, selecting a colour strategy and composing elements from the previous weeks drawing or from images provided. Paint application, techniques, methodologies. Required: painting materials plus 1x A4-A3 sized prepared canvas panel or stretched canvas
Session 9 Abstraction Painting and free colour association. Objective / subjective approaches to painting through visualisation and memory.
Required: painting materials plus 2x prepared A3 canvas panels or 1 larger A2 panel or canvas
Course requirements:
Reliable desktop computer/smartphone/laptop
Internet connection /wireless
Webcam /microphone
Zoom account can use a free version

NB: Please remember to bring materials from the course "materials list" online.


Materials list
Start Up – Beginning to Draw and Paint with Matthew Browne
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 (Beside Briscoes)
• Gordon Harris Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
• Takapuna Art Supplies Takapuna

• Pencils: B, 2B, 4B, 6B
• Willow Charcoal: medium
• Compressed Charcoal: medium
• Charcoal pencil: medium
• Kneadable eraser (for charcoal), soft eraser (for pencils)
• Workable fixative aerosol spray (to prevent smudging of charcoal drawings)
• Black Indian ink and a dip pen with a sketching nib (or bamboo pens)
• Paint: acrylics in a selection of colours: e.g. warm red (cadmium scarlet), warm yellow
(cadmium yellow), warm blue (ultramarine), cool red (crimson), cool yellow
(lemon yellow), cool blue (pthalo, cobalt or cerulean), yellow ochre (oxide), raw umber, black, white
• Appropriate painting mediums: gel, gloss or matt mediums for acrylics
• Brushes: hog hair - flat small (5mm), medium (10mm), large (20-30mm)
• Soft synthetic round brush (with a nice point, size 12
• Palette knife or spatula
• 2 x bulldog clips
• Low tack masking tape
• 1x A4 & 1x A3 (or thereabouts) canvas or canvas board
• Old shirt or apron
At Browne School of Art we also have a selection of basic materials available 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 as students progress.



Standard Booking

Available until Thu 28 Jul '22 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 Thu 28 Jul '22 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.

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