Contemporary drawing studio
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH005
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course encourages an inventive approach to composition and introduces you to the underlying abstract forces that occur in all visual exploration, including 'ways of seeing' and to develop a drawing language to articulate and understand visual relationships. Using a variety of drawing media and different creative techniques you will evolve a fluid and dynamic approach, enabling confidence in drawing, and exploring the potential to move into mixed media and painting.
What will we cover?
A course to develop your existing drawing skills, including:
- how to see and draw with greater accuracy from observation
- exploring viewpoints
- personal sketchbook work
- expressive, dynamic drawing
- developing a more resolved drawing from sketches.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Draw more accurately from observation
- use a variety of mark-making and gestural approaches
- use tone and line to express form
- manipulate and make use of different compositional devices
- make use of proportion and perspective for more convincing observational drawings
- use texture, pattern and mark-making towards developing a more expressive visual language
- make use of a sketchbook to develop personal ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Intermediate. It is recommended that you have some previous drawing experience or have completed Drawing 1 or Drawing 2.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instruction, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Using a variety of techniques designed to help you break out of old habits and loosen up as well as 'sharpening up your eye'. Practical work will involve drawing from observation, using a variety of materials including charcoal, chalk and ink. There will also be demonstrations, group discussions, one-to-one tutoring, and handouts regarding artists and exhibitions. Optional sketchbook homework.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All basic materials are provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Completing this course gives you a portfolio of drawings with which to apply for our higher level Art and Design courses should you wish to, such as Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers. Alternatively, you could apply to one or more of a wide range of art subjects which use drawing skills to support and explore creativity, such as painting, fashion and textiles, graphic design and sculpture.
I am an artist living and working in London, trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). I have shown in solo and group exhibitions around the UK and in Europe (including the Whitechapel Open and Threadneedle Painting Prize) with work in numerous private collections and featured in Drawing and Painting by Kate Wilson (Thames and Hudson, 2015). For over 30 years I have taught in a wide variety of contexts, lecturing in many British art schools, including Manchester (MA), Cheltenham (BA), Central St Martins, UAL. I have run drawing workshops for Microsoft Seattle, Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, Electronic Arts UK, Vanguard Animation, Tell Me in Mountain View, CA and Kaos Studios (THQ) in New York amongst others. I have also taught renowned opera, television and film directors how to draw (NDAs duly signed) At City Lit I deliver many drawing and painting courses with a significant input on our Fine Art Course.
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.