Collecting contemporary art

Course Dates: 01/05/19 - 22/05/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Charles Chambers

A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.


What is the course about?

The aim is to generate a series of rapid drawings, and to free up your drawing style and use of materials, keeping productivity fluid and open. The drawing day will be include shifts in pace and emphasis. You will be carefully guided through each transition, and given clear parameters. Some exercises will be closely directed, others will encourage you to apply your own reasoning and ideas. We will use traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing, so come prepared to observe, deconstruct, invent, enlarge, reduce, copy and collaborate – but most of all be prepared to draw intensively and responsively!

What will we cover?

Drawing from memory, photos and observed objects
Graphic techniques – e.g repetition, enlargement, reversal, masking
Material and approach experimentation.

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

Use a range of drawing exercises to open up new imagery and ideas
Identify at least two new drawing techniques that you can apply in future
Manage the challenges of working quickly and responsively to a timed brief
Identify areas of potential in your exploratory or incomplete drawings
Take home a target of a hundred unique new drawings.

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

This course is suitable for intermediate to advanced drawing students . You should feel comfortable using a variety of drawing materials, such as drawing inks, charcoal graphite and chalks. Any additional media and techniques will be covered in class.

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

Set projects, tutor briefings and demonstration, individual and collaborative work, peer and whole-group review, discussion and slides.

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

Please bring 2 personal items:
1. a small object that interests you, in terms of form or provenance
2. a photograph or piece of text that you would like to work with.
Standard drawing materials are provided, for example, charcoal, ink, graphite, felt-tips, pastel and chalk.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

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

Depending on your starting point, you may like to take:
Drawing 2 or Extended drawing for artists and makers (advanced)
Draw, paint, print / Introduction to printmaking
A life-drawing, portrait or urban drawing class
Introduction to abstract painting.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VH899

Wed, eve, 01 May - 22 May '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £85.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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