Date(s) - 18/09/2018 - 09/10/2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
OSO Arts Centre
Our super-popular drawing class with expert Michael Ajerman returns with a new 4-week course in September!
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Vincent van Gogh is known to many for his incredible touch and expression in oil painting. This term, students will be looking for inspiration from his reed pen drawings. The reed pen is a sharpened piece of bamboo with tips at either end that make a strong linear or atmospheric mark after dipping it in black or brown ink. This is an opportunity for students to explore moving away from pencil and charcoal.
Week 1 – September 18th
Students will draw from reproductions of Van Gogh reed pen drawings, both portraits and landscapes. Students will focus on these completed drawings to try and understand the different type of marks that can be made with a reed pen. This will enable students to make the type of marks that van Gogh made in response to the external world to become more skilled with the reed pen itself.
Week 2 – September 25th
Students will pick from art reproduction by different artists: Soutine, Rego, Caravaggio, Ingres, Hockney, Velazquez, and others. Using the lessons learnt in the previous class of using the reed pen, students will transfer the information in these reproductions to a realized reed pen drawing. Students will focus on tone, composition, and a build up of details through intricate and delicate marks.
Week 3 – October 2nd
A live model will be present and students will incorporate the lessons learnt from the previous classes while drawing from the full human form. Students will have the opportunity to explore portraiture in the face and the opportunity to explore body language. We will be doing long and short poses. Students are encouraged to use any drawing material they are interested in (physical and/or digital).
Week 4 – October 9th
A live model will be present and students will push their drawing further. Students will have the opportunity to explore portraiture in the face and the opportunity to explore body language. We will be doing long and short poses. Students are encouraged to use whatever drawing material they are interested in (physical and digital).
All basic materials are provided, including reed pens, black and orange ink, pencils, coloured pencils, pastels, conte and charcoal.
Students are welcome to bring any drawing tool/medium/paper they wish to explore or already have at home, including iPads (although these are the responsibility of the student). The more variety in the class, the better it will be for all!
Please ensure you arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to begin class promptly.
This class will be held at the OSO Arts Centre on Station Road, Barnes. For directions, parking and more, please visit their website.
About Michael Ajerman
Michael Ajerman is an American Artist who studied at the Corcoran School of Art, New York Studio School, and the Yale Summer School at Norfolk. In 2003, he completed a Masters Degree at the Slade School of Art in London.
He has had solo exhibitions in the USA, UK, Italy, and Israel including the Transition Gallery in London, HemingwayArt in Oxford, and Marco Rossi Arte Contemporanea in Italy.
Selected group exhibitions include Contemporary Drawing from Britain at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China; East Wing Collection 8 at the Courtauld Galleries, London; and Bomberg’s Relevance at the Ben Uri Gallery. He has written articles for Garageland Magazine, published by the Transition Gallery, covering a vast array of topics from the author Chuck Palahniuk, photographer Esther Friedman and Iggy Pop, Akira Kurosawa, Lucian Freud, and the artists of the Colony Room.
Michael received the Royal Academy’s British Institute Award in 2003. He is the first recipient of the UCLA’s Kitaj Research Fellowship. He lives and works in London.