Early Fee

Painting and Drawing the Life Model


ON CAMPUS: 8 February – 29 March 2023, Wednesday 6pm-9pm. Early Fee ends 2 January 2023
Dr David Briggs

Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model holding the same pose over several sessions. Learn life drawing techniques and life painting strategies, ranging from planned series of layers to direct (alla prima) painting, with a strong emphasis on colour and tone to achieve a sense of light and atmosphere.

Find full details including course overview, teacher profile and materials list below.

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Full Details

Term: Term One 2023
Start Date: 8 February 2023
End Date: 30 November 2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6pm-9pm
Number of classes: 8

Teacher: Dr David Briggs
Level: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
Full fee: $735.00
Early Fee: $660.00
Concession Fee: $700.00
Location: National Art School

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course Outline

Make sustained drawings and paintings from a life model holding the same pose over several sessions. David Briggs teaches various painting strategies, ranging from painting in a planned series of layers to direct (alla prima) painting, with a strong emphasis on using colour and tone to achieve a vivid sense of light and atmosphere. Students may choose which of these strategies to apply in their own work, and David instructs students in the crucial planning stages that help to achieve this result. Beginning students will learn the basic skills of how to handle oil paint confidently and expressively, how to analyse and paint a subject tonally, and how to mix any colour they want quickly and accurately. Continuing or advanced students will learn new ways to apply these skills to painting in full colour and can choose whether to focus on the portrait or the whole figure as their subject.

Lecturer Profile

Dr David Briggs trained at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney. He specialises in life drawing and painting and in relating modern scientific knowledge of colour to artistic practice. He has taught art classes since 1996 at many institutions, including six years as the life drawing instructor for Disney’s Sydney studio and, since 2009, numerous classes in life drawing, art history and theory, and practical painting at the National Art School. He is the author of an extensive website on the theory and practice of colour for painters, The Dimensions of Colour. In 2018 he was invited by the Inter-Society Color Council (USA), as part of their International Color Day event, to present a webinar on his unique approach to teaching colour for painters.

Materials List

For the first class
A3 sketchpad or loose sheets
2 bulldog clips
Pencils (2B, 4B)
Kneadable (putty) eraser, e.g. Faber-Castell Knetgummi art eraser
Stanley knife or similar (for sharpening) or pencil sharpener
Sheet of fine sandpaper (for sharpening).

For later classes
Brushes: assortment of flat and round, bristle and/or synthetic soft-hair brushes of various sizes from fine to large, in good condition
Paints: any basic set of good-quality oil paints, but if you don’t already have paints preferably obtain:
Titanium white or zinc white
Winsor & Newton ‘Charcoal Grey’ (black) or any ivory black
Winsor & Newton ‘Permanent Rose’ or Gamblin 1980 ‘Quinacridone Magenta’
Bright red (like cadmium red or ‘Cadmium Red Hue’ or Winsor & Newton/ Art Spectrum Red)
Bright yellow (like cadmium yellow or ‘Cadmium Yellow Hue’ or Winsor & Newton/ Art Spectrum Yellow)
Phthalocyanine blue (like ‘Phthalo Blue’ or ‘Winsor Blue’)
Yellow ochre
Raw umber

Supports: two stretched canvases, at least 30cm x 40cm

Other equipment and materials:
Pencil, notebook and ruler
Tube of Matisse Carbon Grey acrylic paint for toning canvas
Palette: either a wooden palette (not white) or a small glass clip frame or plate of glass
Stainless steel palette or mixing-knife (not plastic)
Sealed container (‘dipper’ or ‘palette cup’) for painting medium
Linseed oil (small bottle)
Odourless solvent
Old rags and paper towels.

Parkers Fine Art Supplies

Parkers Fine Art Supplies have a location of the NAS campus and offer a discount for NAS short courses students. To discuss and order art materials please contact Parkers on +61 2 9247 9979 or email [email protected]
Website https://www.parkersartsupplies.com/

COVID-19 Policy

In line with NAS Covid Safety Guidelines, it is compulsory to wear masks indoors when on campus and all students and visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a medical contraindication form completed by a health professional.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential


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