Fine Art Course at ZSL London Zoo
Exploring the magic of the animal kingdom in watercolour
Duration of course: Full 5 day course
Aug 18, 24, 25, 31, Sept 1
None - all levels welcome
Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
ZSL London Zoo
Price of course: Adults £300 / Under 16’s £150
About this course:
Using watercolours and pencil the ZSL Fine Art Course is an exercise in research and experimentation using the natural world as your subjects.
Part 1-‘On the Surface': Skins, furs & scales. We will be making watercolour studies focusing on the skin markings of selected animals within the Zoo. Starting with Zebras we will consider how their main predators, lions, are confused by the black and white stripes because they are colour blind. Working rapidly to make watercolour and pencil studies we can begin to see links with the Op Art movement of the 60s. Reptiles, insects and fish have a knack of blending into rocks or leaves, often exhibiting intricate patterns, hostile ‘faces’ or alternatively they may stand out to signal danger like some of the poisonous tree frogs within London Zoo's Reptile House.
Part 2 -‘Animal Perception’: Imagine you perceive the world through animal vision. Other animals perceive the world differently to us, for example butterflies and bees see ultraviolet, whilst sharks and cats eyes contain tapetum lucidum, mirrored crystals which lie behind the retina so they can see in low light - this is why cat’s eyes appear to light up. Some bats use echolocation to get around, raptors (birds of prey) have the sharpest biocular vision of all living organisms – eight times sharper than ours and earthworms don’t have any eyes, just light sensitive cells all over their bodies!
Outcome of this course:
Part 1: This course will help students to work spontaneously in watercolour or coloured pencils and have a lot of fun visiting a range of different animals and learning about their relationship to habitat and survival mechanisms.
Part 2: Whilst we can never actually ‘see’ like other animals, by painting and drawing using colours and marks selected to represent alternative perception, we can create works that push the boundaries and challenge assumptions about how the world appears.
The ZSL Fine Art Course will provide students with a range of work that will bolster their portfolios for future applications. Students will develop necessary painting and drawing skills as well as more conceptual approaches, providing students with a solid framework.
Tutor Profile: Jane Langley
Fine art tutor Jane Langley
Jane Langley is experienced in a wide range of art projects across all forms of media: painting, drawing, craft, design, film, writing, music, design, and installation.
Jane teaches at all levels from beginners to degree and post graduate level + 20 years. She developed and manages the student outreach programme at City & Guilds of London Art School and is is also CEO of Cool it Schools, a creative environmental programme working in partnership with major UK institutions to provide engaging and fun projects for young people to help them learn about the environment and how to protect it.
Jane also co-developed Start Imagining in 2012 for Business in the Community (Princes Charities) including designing and managing a national art competition and curating an exhibition at the Old Royal Naval College for the Queen's Jubilee. Jane is currently running a film club, creating the pilot film for a new national competition for International Year of Water Cooperation. Jane's paintings are in museums and public collections
Jane creates from her own home studio and is working on an artist's book, aiming to publish 2013.
Qualifications & Experience:
1982/85 M.A.Fine Art. Painting Royal College of Art, London. UK.
1978/81 B.A. Fine Art. Painting. Camberwell School of Art. London. UK.
1977/78 Foundation. Chelsea School of Art. London.UK.
2003 Visiting Lecturer, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, MA / Postgraduate Diploma in Fine & Decorative Art 2003-2004 - 2002 Visiting Lecturer, BA Textiles, Goldsmiths College, University of London - 1999 External Examiner, Art Scholarship, James Allen’s Girl’s School, London - 1997 Visiting Lecturer, BA, MA, Postgraduate Painting, City & Guilds of London Art School - 1991/92 Visiting Lecturer, BA Painting, Central St. Martins, London - 1990/03 Visiting Lecturer, BA Fine Art, Fine Art Foundation, Postgraduate Fine Art, Byam Shaw School of Art, London
2008 Visiting Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London, attached to the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles - 1993 Abbey Scolarship, Accademia Britannica, Rome, Italy - 1991 Sotheby’s Fellowship, Central St Martins School of Art, London, UK - 1984 Henry Moore Prize for Painting, London Group, Royal College of Art, London, UK - 1984 Cite des Art, Royal College of Art, student award, Paris, France - 1982 Battersea Arts Centre, Artist in Residence, London, UK.
*Cost of course: Adults £300 / Under 16's £150
Cost of course includes:
- Duration of course at London Zoo with a qualified tutor
- some art supplies - you may be required to bring some basic materials with you
- access to London Zoo
- Keeper insight into animals
- free study time in the ZSL Library throughout duration of the course - Please note that ZSL Libray is open Mon-Fri 9.30-17.30 - You are advised to join the library in advance of the course commencing: ZSL Library
- an additional free visit day to the Zoo for research
Concessions - 10% discount for ZSL Members, registered students, persons on income support or senior citizens
Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance; a confirmed place is only secured upon receipt of a completed booking and payment. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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