Painting Drapery | Jess Mara | Intermediate
Mon 25 Jul - Mon 29 Aug 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Prior knowledge of working in oils is required for this course.
This course is for participants who wish to gain knowledge and experience in painting drapery. They will be guided through a series of exercises which will focus on form, value and colour transitions to depict realist observations in oils.
Participants will begin the course by looking at both historical and contemporary examples to both inform and inspire. The course will build in complexity as participants gain confidence. They will be working in black and white in the first week through to a spectrum of colour observations and relationships in the later weeks. Participants will compose and develop their own photograph to use for their final painting exercise, a three week still life painting with a drapery focus.
Oil paints- Ivory black, Titanium White, Pyrrole Red (or Cadmium red), Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber.
Painting medium- Refined Linseed Oil
Brush cleaner – Chroma Incredible Brush Cleaner or Odorless solvent e.g., Langdridge Odorless Solvent. Note- Turpentine is not permitted.
Supports- 4 pieces of A3 oil sketch/ canvas paper. (You can purchase 2 sheets of A2 oil sketch paper and cut them down in to 2 A3 sheets or purchase an A3 pad of canvas paper). 1 primed stretched canvas approx. 16 x 20 inch (40 x 50cm) or a piece of primed unstretched canvas 50 x 60cm.
Other –disposable pallet, glad wrap, measuring stick- dowel, masking tape (preferably the blue low tack masking tape), willow charcoal (thin), 1 small jar with lid, 1 medium jar with lid, cotton rag, baby wipes, disposable gloves (optional)
Brushes- 1 hog hair medium brush filbert or flat (size 6- 8), A selection of small synthetic brushes Flat and filbert (sizes 0- 4). 1 small round synthetic brush (size 1-2) Note the scale of brushes do vary depending on brands. Sizes are an approximate guide only.
Note: For the last 3 weeks of class students will work from their own composed drapery photograph. Students will be required to set up and print out their image ready for week 4. This will be discussed further in class.
For the first week please bring – 2 sheets A3 oil sketch/ canvas paper, brushes, jars, Refined Linseed Oil, brush cleaner, masking tape, measuring stick, disposable pallet, cotton rag, baby wipes, glad wrap, Titanium White and Ivory black oil paint, willow charcoal (thin).
Jess Mara is an Adelaide based painter. She received her Bachelor of Visual Art (honours) in 2006 from Adelaide Central School of Art and has been actively exhibiting since. Selected solo exhibitions including Bundle, (Praxis ART Space 2021), These Four Walls, (Floating Goose Studios Inc 2018) and Some Place Near, (Hill Smith Gallery, 2013). Jess has been a finalist in numerous competitions/awards notably, The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award at Bega Valley Regional Gallery in 2018. She was the Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Kennedy Art Prize for her painting Embrace (Self Portrait with son).
Jess has been lecturing in the BVA and Short Course Programs at Adelaide Central School of Art since 2011. She teaches in both the drawing and painting departments. She has also presented workshops for VAESA (Visual Arts Educators in South Australia) and completed a residency/ hosted workshops in Schools.
Image: Jess Mara, Wrapped, oil on board, 40 x 30 cm image curtesy of the artist