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Painting Classes

Jeremy Mulvey, 59 Maids Causeway, Cambridge CB5 8DE
01223 527291  jeremyfmulvey@gmail.com     www.jeremymulvey.co.uk


Sept- Dec Syllabus 2009

Fridays- morning(10-12.30), afternoon (1.30-4.00)

Week date morning still life afternoon still life
1 118th Sept still life still life
2 15th Sept life model life model
3 2nd Oct life model life model
4 9th Oct still life Fitzwilliam Museum visit
5 16th Oct portrait portrait
  23rd Oct half-term: no class  
6 30th Oct still life still life
7 6th Nov life model life model
8 13th Nov life model life model
9 20th Nov still life Kettles Yard
10 27th Nov life model life model
11 4th Dec portrait portrait


Life Painting Workshop 10am-4.30pm Saturday 9th January, 2010. A chance to paint the model for a whole day starting with drawing, exploratory painted studies and a final piece. A programme of guided stages is provided for those who wish to follow it.

Space, volume and portraiture
We look at how space and volume can be expressed in painting by means of drawing and colour. You will be offered a variety of ways of depicting space in painting; realist, impressionist, expressionist and modernist traditions. You will be offered a range of techniques and I will help you to choose the approach that suits the vision you seek in your art. (see Your Unique Vision below)

We are now adding portrait painting to the still life and life painting we have done so far this year. Portrait painting requires a balance between creating a picture that demands the viewers attention and that gives a visual record of an individual. The

emphasis in the first two terms on composition, simple forms and luminous colour will be maintained and built on.


Your Unique Vision: art school teaching methods
Whilst everybody in the class depicts the same subject it soon becomes clear after few lessons that each individual student has his or her own unique vision. My particular style of teaching is to help the student identify that viewpoint and to draw up an individual agenda over the weeks that builds on their strengths and addresses their weaknesses.

In taking this approach I am adopting the teaching strategy developed in art schools since the 70s, making it available to a wider public.


Copying other artists: Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettles Yard.
The two visits to collections in Cambridge are to enable students to use copying to understand how artists have created the effects they achieve. The focus for these visits will take up the themes of this terms work: space, volume and landscape. We need to use media that are not wet or dusty. Pencils and crayons will do the trick or oil pastels.

Remember what Picasso said. ‘We are at our most individual when copying the work of others.’ It is amazing how much time revolutionary painters like Degas, Cezanne and Picasso spent copying the work of other artists they admired.

Materials (see attached list)
I will provide prepared boards for new students to paint on. Please bring drawing materials as we will start each session with quick drawing task to get your ‘eye in’ and experiment with shape of frame and placing of objects.  It is important to buy artist quality oil paints as the colours are more reliable. (see my website for full details of the materials needed.) Students beginning this term can choose to work in acrylics. Do make sure you buy artists’s level oils for the key colours: cadmium red, cadmium yellow , cobalt blue and ultramarine blue.

Class Fees
The fee for the morning classes (which includes 2 afternoon visits to museums)= 13 sessions at £15/session = £195
All day for 11 weeks = £300 ( 2 £13.60 a session)

Parking and Maids Causeway
For those needing to park you can get a set of parking visitors permits for £1/day. You have access to the centre of Cambridge for the whole day.

From class to tutorials- something to consider
One–to-one tutorials form a key part of art school learning. As your painting develops you may feel the need for a tutorial to bring together all your work, preview progress, define new goals and overcome blocks. See ‘Studio Tutorials’ on the page on classes on my website. The tutorials  last 1 hour and the fee is £55.  There is a question sheet to be answered beforehand to give our discussion focus and I write a synopsis of key points, references to artists and goals for you as a follow-up to our discussion. Tutorials can be held in Blinco Studio or wherever you paint.

Jeremy Mulvey:  59 Maids Causeway. Cambridge CB5 8DE.
01223 527291  jeremyfmulvey@gmail.com     www.jeremymulvey.co.uk