Contemporary art sketchbook walk

Course Dates: 28/05/20 - 25/06/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: OS - Off Site
Amanda Knight

Develop your creative and critical engagement in the settings of East London's cutting edge independent galleries and artists' spaces. You will build a sketch book / journal to record your work, ideas and findings.


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...

- 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.
- Build up a sketchbook for research, using a variety of methods for gathering visual information.
- Know more about cutting edge contemporary art practice and a range of East London's small independent galleries (including where they are!).
- 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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Course makes excellent use of both established and lesser known places. Content will vary but the tutor selects galleries carefully and is well prepared and knowledgeable.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/10/2019)
Go for it. I chose it for a number of reasons, including overcoming obstacles to working from observation in a sketchbook, to learn more about contemporary art and to meet others with similar interests. The tutor was fantastic. Her walks and gallery visits were well planned and organised, her knowledge of the galleries and artists as well as the actual sketchbook was inspiring I learnt so much, I am definitely less reticent to work in my sketchbook and very stimulated to carry on working on it, both using the material we gathered during the course and on future gallery visits. I would have loved more time to discuss what we were doing and seeing, because each session was so packed with stimulating exhibitions and ideas but cannot complain as I got so much out of the course already.
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Review by Sandra / (Posted on 12/11/2018)
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Course Code: VH579

Thu, day, 28 May - 25 Jun '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £143.00
Concession: £109.00

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