Our super-popular drawing course with expert Michael Ajerman returns in spring 2019 with a focus on the exciting Pierre Bonnard exhibition currently held at Tate Modern. We will explore how colour is used powerfully and poetically in Bonnard’s paintings, as well as looking at Bonnard’s figure drawings that skillfully carve tone and 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 - May 7th
Students will draw from reproductions by Pierre Bonnard on large sheets of coloured or watercolour paper (yellow, white, red, orange, blue or pink). Students will focus on how the body/interior/landscape is depicted by the artist. Focussing to understand the picture’s proportions, students will take that visual information and respond to the colour of the paper with both bright and dark colour. Using line that can be a literal or a personal reinterpretation. Students can use different types of marks from pencil, coloured pencil, conte, chalf, pastel, watercolour and ink.
Note: If you have your own image/artist you would like to work from, please bring it in. It must be at least A4. Digital images (iPhone) are not accepted.
Week 2 - May 14th
Students will continue their drawings dealing with Bonnard. Taking time to understand the artwork's proportions, scale, and rhythms. Continuing to respond to it with colour and line that can be a literal or a personal reinterpretation. These completed works should include different types of marks from a variety of medium. These drawings are to be pushed and given as much time as possible.
Week 3 - May 21st
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 **** and the opportunity to explore body language. We will be doing long and short poses. Students are encouraged to use any drawing material they prefer (physical and/or digital) and should feel free to use brightly coloured paper, cartridge paper, or watercolour paper.
Week 4 - May 28th
A model will be present and students will push their drawing further. Students will have the opportunity to explore portraiture in the **** and the opportunity to explore body language. We will be doing long and short poses. Students are encouraged to use any drawing material they prefer (physical and digital). Students 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.