Date(s) - 24/09/2019 - 15/10/2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
OSO Arts Centre
Our super-popular drawing course with expert Michael Ajerman returns in autumn 2019 with a focus on the exciting Felix Vallotton exhibition currently held at Royal Academy. We will explore how blacks and whites are used powerfully and poetically in his paintings, along with looking at Vallotton’s interiors which skilfully carve line in a flawless fashion.
Classes within this course may be booked individually by each date; or, you may purchase one single inclusive ticket for the entire 4-week course. Please select the ticket type you want to purchase from the green TICKETS button on this screen.
Please ensure you arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to begin class promptly.
Week 1 – September 24th
Students will draw from a Felix Vallotton print on large sheets of provided white cartidge or watercolour paper, focussing on how the body/interior/landscape is depicted by the artist selected. The goal is to understand the picture’s proportions and playful use of shapes both black and white. Students will use line to work out the exact proportions.
The aim of this class is to get the picture ready for inks in the following class. Students can use different types of marks from pencil and coloured pencil.
Week 2 – October 1st
Now that we’ve explored the artwork’s proportions, scale, and rhythms, students will continue their drawings based on Vallotton. They will respond to it with ink, using the material to block in areas and accentuate line quality. These drawings are to be pushed and given as much time as possible to create the harmony of black and white.
Week 3 – October 8th
A live model will be present and students will incorporate the lessons learnt from the previous classes while drawing from the full human form. This will give you the opportunity to explore portraiture in the face and the opportunity to explore body language.
We will be doing both long and short poses. Students are encouraged to use any drawing material you prefer and should feel free to use brightly coloured paper, cartridge paper, or watercolour paper.
Week 4 – October 15th
A model will be present and students will push their drawing further. Students will have the opportunity to explore portraiture and the opportunity to explore body language and fashion. We will be doing long and short poses. Students are encouraged to use any drawing material they prefer (physical and digital) and will be encouraged to use brightly coloured paper, cartridge paper, or watercolour paper.
All basic materials are provided. The class offers pencils, coloured pencils, pastels, conté, watercolours, reed pens and inks, and charcoal. iPads are not provided, and if brought to the class, are the sole responsibility of the student. If students have a medium they wish to explore or already use at home (coloured pencils or pastels), please bring it to the class. The more variety, the better! Students are encouraged to use any drawing material they prefer (physical and digital).
Please wear comfortable clothes. You may want to bring a protective apron.
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 (2010 and 2013), HemingwayArt in Oxford (2011 and 2017), and MARCOROSSI artecontemporanea in Italy (2012); Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco (2010); and the Jerwood Project Space, London (2009).
Selected group exhibitions include Contemporary Drawing from Britain at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China; the 2015 East End Painting Prize at the Rum Factory, London; Kunskog at 500 Dollars, London; East Wing Collection 8 at the Courtauld Galleries; The Painting Room at the Transition Gallery; 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 cinema, music, literature and painting.
Michael received the William Newman Memorial Painting Prize in 1996, the Royal Academy’s British Institute Award in 2003, and the first UCLA Kitaj Research Fellowship in 2017. He currently lives and works in London.