Practical Art - Exploring Hyperrealism

Ref: C2339035

The Hyperrealist style focuses much more on its emphasis on detail and the subjects depicted. Hyperreal paintings and sculptures are not strict interpretations of photographs, nor are they literal illustrations of a particular scene or subject. Instead, they utilise additional, often subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality which in fact either does not exist or cannot be seen by the human eye. During this course learners will be developing an understanding of the contemporary movement of Hyperrealist painting. Through a variety of techniques and materials, learners will explore the use of acrylic, colour mixing & colour tips. Acrylic Glazes & Blending .There will be surface exploration. This will be developed into various modes of photo transfer such as use projectors and gridding. These techniques will lead to learners will producing a Hyperrealist painting of their own with guided support.

Course aim

Hyperrealism is an attempt to make art resemble life. Realist painters take their subjects from the world around them and try to represent them in a lifelike manner.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • A fundamental understanding of the link between photography,video and painting.
  • Learning to enrich technical drawing skills
  • The use of colour to evoke objects literally.
  • Observation of artists and how they use the method of hyperrealism in their work.
  • Developing skills to capture composition, colour and mood.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Practical Art - Exploring Hyperrealism Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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