September |3 Day| "From Life Drawing To Life Painting" | Alan McGowan


September |3 Day| "From Life Drawing To Life Painting" | Alan McGowan


3 Day

September 28th, 29th & 30th 

10 am - 6pm

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Over the three days, under Alan’s guidance, students will concentrate on developing the relationship between life drawing and oil painting whilst considering mark-making, colour and the handling properties of paint. The consideration of accuracy of observation and measurement will be looked at in relation to freedom of expression, exploration of materials and engagement with an expressive and individual painterly language.

Students will receive regular one-to-one guidance throughout the course.

Day 1 - Approach to drawing, and it’s development into drawing with paint - some short poses.

Day 2 & 3  - Two longer poses, developed over 2 days.

Material list provided on registration.

About Alan


Alan McGowan is a figurative artist and teacher who has exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Threadneedle Prize for Figurative Art and the Society of Portrait Sculptors exhibition.

He has taught at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, The National Portrait Gallery London, The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, The Royal West of England Academy and Edinburgh College of Art and has exhibited widely in the UK, regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, and in New York, Lisbon, Helsinki, South Korea and Prague, and his work appears in several public collections including that of the Royal Scottish Academy and Stirling University. 


In 2012 he published his first book of book of life drawings titled "The Language of the Body", which was followed in 2017 by his next book "Unstill Life”.

Alan believes that a good understanding of the technical processes and challenges in art can lead to greater confidence, and therefore a greater freedom of individual expression in representational work. Learning is not a restrictive but an enabling thing.
In his teaching he regularly makes use of visual reference material, slides and powerpoints, to reflect on how other artists - both historical and contemporary - have dealt with relevant issues in their own work. He also occasionally does short demonstrations to communicate a point. His intention is to organise the workshop so that each day's work will build upon the chosen focus and topics will lead on to, illuminate and reinforce one another.

"I believe that art is always full of choices. As an educational ideal I would like to enable artists to
develop an informed engagement with the processes of art in order to pursue their own individual paths,
rather than for me to prescribe one "correct" way of doing things".