What is the course about?
This course will investigate contemporary drawing practices of artists working throughout the world as a way to further develop your own drawing practice. Whether you are an intermediate student developing your drawing, or an advanced practitioner, this course will take your practice to the next level by examining cultural and practical contexts in drawing today.
What will we cover?
Contemporary drawing practices will be discussed in a series of visual presentations. These techniques and approaches will be uncovered and related to our own specific drawing practices. We will experiment with mixed drawing media to further develop our unique approaches to drawing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Place your drawing practice into a contemporary context by associating with certain artists, materials, etc.
- Further develop your drawing practice with new materials and/or approaches.
- Be more confident in your drawing practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for those with some previous drawing experience, especially for those looking to enhance their understanding of contemporary drawing practices and looking for new ways to develop their own work. Many aspects of drawing will be discussed using a variety of materials and approaches.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will consist of digital presentations featuring contemporary artists who utilize drawing followed by class discussions and artist-led projects. Handouts and demonstrations will accompany visual presentations. Individual practical projects will encourage creative thinking and problem solving. Group critiques and discussions will help broaden vocabulary while bringing more confidence when talking about art. One-on-one tuition will be a major factor in developing your own personal practice. Some out of class research will be required plus visual research at The British Museum and sketching on location.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be provided. A sketchbook is always a useful tool to accompany a drawing practice and its use will be encouraged. A hard-backed A4 or A5 sketchbook is most useful.
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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VH796 / VH835 Extended drawing for artists and makers
VH843 100 Drawings in one day
VH580 Contemporary art sketchbook walk
VH839 Contemporary drawing sketchbook.
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