SOLD OUT | Adult learning | Oil Figure Painting Course

 —  Every Wednesday, 2–4pm

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Have you ever looked at an Italian Baroque painting and wished you could create something like it? Well, now, with this new art class, you finally can!

Learn how to draw like an Italian maestro/a in this brand new series of art classes for adults. Taking Guido Reni’s iconic Saint Sebastian, circa 1625 as inspiration, participants will learn about contour and context, proportion and painting in weekly two-hour sessions. Using the same methods taught to Reni at the Accademia degli Incamminati, students will copy from high quality prints of his painting and study from the nude models to create their own masterpiece and learn life-long skills.

The course is suitable for all levels, whether you’re a beginner or a confident painter, join us in the studio to flex your creative skills and learn some art history along the way. The course will also include a guided tour by one of our Gallery curators. 

About the course

This course will introduce students to the work of the acclaimed Italian master Guido Reni. Copying from prints or paintings was standard practice for students during the Italian Renaissance. Using methods taught to Guido Reni at the Accademia degli Incamminati students will copy from high quality prints of Guido Reni’s painting Saint Sebastian.

Students will also have access to the painting of Saint Sebastian providing them with greater understanding of the layered painting technique employed by Reni.

In addition to the technical processes of oil painting, students will gain a deeper understanding of the context surrounding Reni’s paintings. Lectures will focus on the greater historical context of the High Renaissance, with a supplementary talk by one of our Gallery curators.

What you will learn

Beginning with drawing from printed copies using traditional plumb line method for proportion, students will also be introduced to structure and anatomy by having two sessions dedicated to drawing and painting from the live nude model. Students will complete one painting for the remainder of the course.

Painting and drawing demonstrations will be given to students throughout, with critical feedback aimed at facilitating each student’s individual needs and styles.

Image credits: Guido Reni, Saint Sebastian, circa 1625, oil on canvas, Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of James Tannock Mackelvie, 1882

General $450, Members $405 ( 10 week course)
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About your tutor: 

Zarahn Tūwharetoa Southon (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Pukenga, Whakatōhea)  is an Auckland-based painter of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Samoan and mixed European Jewish descent. On completion of a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1998, Southon had several solo shows and in 2005 was awarded a Contemporary Pacific Art Scholarship, which funded a trip to study in Florence, Italy. In 2007 he was awarded a scholarship from the classical art school Studio Escalier in the Loire Valley, France. On completion, he furthered his studies with senior lecturer at Studio Escalier and pioneer of restructured Realism, Ted Seth Jacobs, in San Francisco. These periods of study in Italy, France and America were highly influential on Southon’s current practice. Described by an art critic as New Zealand’s own Lucian Freud, Southon’s artworks explores allegorical themes, portraiture and still life. He has exhibited regularly at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington. Public institutions holding Southon’s works include the Auckland City Council and the Wallace Trust Collection at the Pah Homestead in Auckland.

Southon is currently the Te Kotahitanga delegate for his hapū of Ngāti Kurauia at Tokaanu marae, Turangi. He holds a diploma in te reo Māori and is currently finishing a degree in te reo Māori at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Image credit: Zarahn Southon

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