Artists contemporary sketchbook

Course Dates: 23/09/21 - 25/11/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Contemporary mixed media sketchbook explores the possibilities of working with personal themes and stories that are part of your life and examines how you could develop them in greater depth, through expressive visual techniques.

Inspired by personal passions, family history, as well as ongoing ideas, you will work with different materials and techniques that will enable you to explore these ideas further, in many directions, whilst bringing a diversity and richness to your sketchbooks.
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Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £231.00

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Course Code: VM083

Started Thu, day, 23 Sep - 25 Nov '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course introduces you to a wide range of expressive materials and techniques that turns the blank pages of a sketchbook, into a personal and expressive one. Initial ideas will be pushed into different directions, through drawing, painting, collage and mono-printing. Experimentation with different papers and drawn surfaces will be introduced giving you skills in working with paper including scale, layering, folding, tearing, soaking, stitching, slotting, weaving etc.
Your sketchbooks will contain a diverse collection of ideas and work communicating new exciting journeys for your ideas. This course will also introduced to you the creation and making of a personal sketchbook, where you will consider page sizes and papers that are relevant to you.

What will we cover?

You will examine and create sketchbook that showcases ideas, - drawings, photographs etc., and will use this to develop personal ideas in greater depth.
You will be introduced to diverse and experimental approaches to drawing and mark-making, through different materials and techniques. (drawing and mark-making techniques - using charcoal, ink, conte crayon, masking tape, rubbings, stitching, mono-printing, paint mixing and collage.)

You are encouraged to bring in visual imagery that inspires you - photographs, collections, textiles, handwriting, toys, travel collections, found objects etc. to begin your idea generation.
Recorded initially in your sketchbook, through drawing and collage, ideas will be quickly developed in unexpected and exciting ways. You will be shown examples of sketchbook work including artists home-made books to illustrate some of the ways of exploring personal ideas.

The importance and joy of considering different paper qualities to use – the size, shape and edges are discussed. Whether new, old, used, folded, thin, thick, faded, stained, printed, torn. Graph paper, tracing paper, envelopes etc., to be used. Cloth is also considered, to stitch, mono-print or draw onto.

Collage is introduced through activities and tasks that combine drawings, photography,
mono-printing, sewing, as well as thoughts about ways of joining. Textures are introduced through hole making, piercing, ripping, scratching, rubbings etc. How change in scale, and use of photography, text, colour, texture etc., can enhance ideas greatly.

Students will be encouraged to make their own sketchbook, to illustrate the importance of using the desired shape and chosen papers, to create something personal.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Work in confidence with different materials and techniques, to develop ideas that are most expressive and personal.
- Identify the importance of exciting source material, to enable themes and interests to be developed in depth, through sketchbook work.
- Experiment with new and seeming unrelated images
- Communicate in confidence your ideas and outcomes and how you have developed an empty sketchbook into a personal, playful and explorative visual diary.
- Demonstrate the skills in how to create your own sketchbook, considering size papers, and relevance of covers.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This Course is suitable for all students, whether with previous experience in art, or not. Students take this course for enjoyment, and as an opportunity to understand different ways of developing ideas and methods, to develop Sketchbooks and ideas creatively.

Students will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English, as projects and health and safety information will involve written briefs and guidance.

You will be invited to take part in group discussions, and reflect on your work and progress, so should be able to discuss and explain your work and the work of others.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Students are taught through group and individual tuition, as well as on going demonstrations.
Different techniques will be introduced each week, and relevant artists will be shown through slide shows, as well as currant exhibitions at London galleries, that can be researched.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course provides a wide selection of essential materials and equipment necessary for the course. You will need to collect and bring in certain visual imagery / drawings / photographs / collections etc. to enable you to develop your initial ideas, and any papers personal to you, to work with.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can go on to enrol on a further watercolour course such as Painting Plants and Flowers, or onto a painting course such as Painting 1 or one of the Life Class or Portrait courses.

Ruth Brison

Ruth has taught drawing, painting and mixed media for more than 30 years, at many levels including Further, Higher and Adult Education, all over the country, including Manchester, Birmingham and London. She studied Fine Art at Liverpool and Birmingham Universities and has exhibited diversely, including the Royal Academy in London. As an artist and educator she has an eclectic mix of skills and interests. Drawing is pivotal. Mixed media has become a central focus over the years and her practice has developed towards the interface between Fine Art and Textiles where elements of painting, relief and experimental textiles meet. Coming from a background of accomplished artists and educators’ she has spent many years developing values in educational practice and enabling students to access their own creative potential.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.