Contemporary Painting Course

OVADA is very excited to announce the return of our popular Contemporary Painting Course. Three established tutors, who are all practicing Artists from Oxford and London, will each run individual projects with the group. Each term will combine both projects and workshops, aiming to encourage confidence in using the tools of the trade while exploring varied themes and experimental approaches to contemporary painting.

The course will take place over three separate terms. Each term will be 8 weeks long and will run weekly on Tuesdays from 10am – 4pm.

Term One (Autumn): October – November 2019

Term Two (Winter): January – February 2020  

Term Three (Spring): March – May 2020 (includes Easter break)

Places: Minimum 7 – Maximum 10

Materials provided: solvents (for safety reasons we use Zest-It rather than Turpentine/White Spirit), gesso, acrylic mediums, small boards, household paints, paper, charcoal/graphite and use of easels/brushes. 

Materials not provided: artist’s paints (either oil or acrylic can be used; interchangeable throughout the course) and canvases. Participants may prefer to use their own brushes. Additional costs may include study trips and materials needed for individual projects – we will aim to keep these costs as low as possible. 

The focus will be on discovering current concerns and experimental approaches to painting. This course is aimed at those with some experience of painting but who are committed to exploring the subject in more depth.

A variety of ideas, processes and techniques will be explored. The Course might also suit artists who have a practice that doesn’t include painting but who might wish to find new skills in this area.

Class participants are encouraged to allow time to work on the projects between sessions. There is limited storage available at OVADA so participants will be required to take their equipment home at the end of each session, unless work is drying. 

The first term will be taught by Didi Baldwin (Oct-Nov 2019)

The second term will be taught by Laura Degenhardt (Jan-Feb 2020)

The third term will be taught by Tommy Watkins (Mar-May 2020)

OUTCOMES – participants will:

  • Gain experience in essentials such as stretching canvas, priming, safe use of solvents/primers/varnishes.
  • Have the benefit of the differing viewpoints of 3 tutors in order to discuss their work in depth.
  • Complete 3 separate projects across different areas, which may include Painting Objects, Painting Nature, Painting History and Abstraction. These will each have a context and an introduction to the work of other painters.
  • Have 3 mini ‘crits’, one at the end of each project term to give and gain feedback on their work and aid their professional development.

The course comprises of 24 classes in total (3 x terms of 8 weeks). Alternatively it is possible to book individual terms if you are unable to commit to the entire course.

You can download the provisional Contemporary Painting Timetable HERE.
In the event of tutor illness or other unavoidable circumstances, OVADA will provide a different tutor to cover the class or reschedule the session.  

Entire course (24 weeks): £1,440 (Discounted to £1,350 for OVADA Associates)

Individual terms (8 weeks): £480 per term (Discounted to £450 for OVADA Associates)

Fees must be paid in advance to secure your place on the course however arrangements can be made to pay in instalments, in line with individual terms. Fees are non-refundable and can be paid by online transfer, cheque or cash – details will be provided when your booking is confirmed. 

Booking is now open – please email – Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Venue: OVADA 

Please note that there is no parking available for course participants however there is a loading bay if required. The classes are normally held in our first floor learning space, accessed via stairs only. If this would prevent you from attending, please contact us in advance so that we can discuss individual requirements.

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