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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Kate Wilson
  • Course Code W24PDGA08A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Join artist Kate Wilson on this Painting Masterclass exploring the urban landscape and often overlooked edge-lands. Develop a personal imagery in response to the subject matter, and hone your drawing and painting skills. Kate lives and works in South London and paints the familiar objects of her daily landscape. Her work deals with the relationship between the natural and the manmade – questioning what is beautiful and what is ugly. Kate studied fine art painting at Winchester School of Art and the R.A. Schools and is a winner of the Bateson Drawing Award and a Royal Academy Gold medal. Recent exhibitions include: R.A. Summer Exhibition, Lynn Painter-Stainers’ Prize, New English Art Club, ING Discerning Eye, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Society of British Artists. Kate was shortlisted for the Holly Bush Painting Prize in 2021 and the Jackson’s Painting Prize in 2022. Her book "Painting and Drawing: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists" is published by Thames and Hudson in the UK and Harper Collins in the US.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Make personal drawings and paintings in response to the urban landscape
  • Experiment with composition
  • Experiment with colour
  • Experiment with ways to apply paint
  • Contribute to discussions and learn from each other

Class format and activities

This is a practical course and you will spend most of your time painting, drawing - and taking photos for reference. Kate will teach you via PowerPoint slides, practical demonstrations, 1:1 tuition and group crits. Although some hours will be spent off-site drawing and photographing locations close to the college, sessions will be based onsite at Morley College Waterloo, in D11 (The Maggi Hambling Studio). Projects will include: Finding your subject matter: inspiration, location, taking photographs, sketching on the spot Playing with composition: drawing from memory, selecting and drawing from photos, combining and reassembling ideas Experimenting with colour and meaning: emotional colour theory, complementaries, saturated and unsaturated colour, colour inversions Exploring paint and ways to apply it: grounds, additive and subtractive approaches, tools Finding your voice: developing meaning, scaling up

Entry requirements

This is a masterclass designed for people with drawing and painting experience.

What you need to know before you enrol

Each session builds on the one before and you are advised to attend all 6. It will be beneficial if you can make a little time at home each week to think about and experiment with personal imagery based on the exercises introduced in the studio.

What you need

Drawing materials will be provided for the first session and you will be able to purchase some materials – paper and paint - at cost price from the college art store. For the first session, please bring a sketchbook for drawing in and a smartphone or digital camera for taking photos. A personal laptop and memory stick will also be useful in session 2 and you may like to bring your own paints and brushes from week 3 onwards. It is advisable to wear old clothes to all sessions or bring an apron or overalls. Please note that Kate paints mainly in oil and watercolour.

What you can do next

This course is ongoing and can be followed for 1 or more terms across the year for professional development and to develop work for exhibition. Other advanced courses in drawing and Painting at Morley include Advanced Painting, Fine Art Mentoring & UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.