Following on from the last session we spent time looking at colour, how to mix secondary and tertiary, and mixing colours from observation of famous paintings. This was applied to copies as with last weeks class. To take the pressure off copying a famous image it was broken into sections and reconstructed later. The quality of acrylics meant a struggle in getting the colours they observed, hence the varying grades from panel to panel…..Though it does add something.
The excercise was repeated twice once with the colours observed, a straight copy, the second a reversal in the colours.
Some students finished 3 or 4 panels others 1 or 2, there is no corret length of time to mix colours and tones, it depends on the individual. All results were unique to the individual who painted it.
RCA class I held at the National Gallery. Time limits set on time spent on each drawing, looking at how paintings are compositionally constructed and how space and light are communicated.
Second Imperial College class, looking at grey tones. Copying paintings by Matisse and Ben Hartley, no student knew what they were painting, rather they were concerned in transfering the seemingly abstract shapes and blobs from the images I presented them with onto the blank sheet in front of them.
The purpose of this excerise was to get the students to break down colours to grey scale and relate shapes, lines and marks to the horizontal and verticals presented by the edges of thier paper, while at the same time keeping their marks and brush strokes loose and free of self constraint.
Mamo class at the RCA Jan 2012
These images are from the first class by Mamo at Imperial College. The aim of these classes is to learn about painting, first off – line and tone. Some of these students have not drawn in years some since young children, the level achieved in just three hours was extremely high.