What is the course about?
This course involves a walk between several small galleries in London’s East End. Each week we will see different exhibitions and a variety of contemporary art. We will gather information, make sketches and notes and then discuss the exhibitions and review the sketchbook work.
What will we cover?
The course will cover different methods of sketching and information gathering, while responding to the work of contemporary artists in a gallery setting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1) Look at, and take inspiration directly from, the work of a variety of contemporary artists in a gallery situation and in a working artist’s studio.
2) Build up a sketchbook for research, using a variety of methods for gathering visual information.
3) Know more about cutting edge contemporary art practice and a range of East London's small independent galleries (including where they are!).
4) Feel more confident with drawing in public spaces.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for all levels; you need to have a willingness to go on a tour of discovery and an interest in experiencing contemporary art.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Talks, practical work, demonstrations, individual tutoring and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Some basic drawing materials eg pencils, rubbers, sharpeners will be provided.
You will need to bring an A4 (minimum size) sketchbook, and may like to bring any extra optional drawing materials, such as coloured pencils, pens or a camera.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The course would be useful for all students who are already taking, or want to go onto, other studio-based painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture courses including Foundation and City Lit Fine Art courses.
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