Develop a collage sketchbook for textiles

Course Dates: 19/10/24 - 09/11/24
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the creative possibilities of collage, developed into a sketchbook for textiles. Produce surfaces using mark making and mixed media including the use of fabric and simple print. Collect visual research and develop ideas towards your own personal projects.
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Develop a collage sketchbook for textiles
  • Course Code: VX559
  • Dates: 19/10/24 - 09/11/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Ruth Brison

Course Code: VX559

Sat, day, 19 Oct - 09 Nov '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for students with various experience, who wish to develop visual ideas using collage, generate visual research and develop creative ideas towards personal projects. Students will be able to observe and understand the concepts behind a range of work from textile and collage artists and generate ideas in mixed media. There will be a range of materials including pencils, pastels, paint and mixed media (fabric and stitch) and found surfaces. Projects will be structured to promote visual thinking and the creative process.

What will we cover?

• Collecting visual material, research and producing, surface treatments for collage.
• A range of mixed-media techniques, including mark making, fabric use, simple print.
• Developing ideas and outcomes from visual starting points.
• Choosing a sketchbook format and working in a personal way.

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

• Collect visual material for use in a personal sketchbook.
• Work with a variety of techniques: mark-making, collage including fabric, simple print, and surface manipulation.
• Appreciate and consider a range of work from practitioners.
• Explore a range of ideas and outcomes.

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

Drawing experience will help, but in no way essential. The course has been designed to develop or extend tactile skills and to use the ‘experience’ of drawing (mark making) and mixed media to develop ideas. The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to open up, or extend the process of collage for textiles – or links with Fine 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.

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

Demonstration, group discussions, brainstorming, practical work, one to one and group tutorials.

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

You will be required to bring one A4 sketchbook, for the course. Book bound or spiral, portrait or landscape with good quality cartridge paper is appropriate. (Spiral bound books allow for densely textured work). Any other sketchbooks you may have, of a different scale or surface, (such as watercolour) can also be used. All other materials will be supplied, but if you have additional drawing, colour or textile materials you would like to try, please bring them along.

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

City Lit offers a wide range of Textile courses where you further explore the ideas you have formulated on this course.
From Quilting, Monoprinting to Digital Textile design and, City Lit Textiles.

Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.
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Ruth Brison

Ruth has taught drawing, painting and mixed media for more than 30 years, at many levels including Further, Higher and Adult Education, all over the country, including Manchester, Birmingham and London. She studied Fine Art at Liverpool and Birmingham Universities and has exhibited diversely, including the Royal Academy in London. As an artist and educator she has an eclectic mix of skills and interests. Drawing is pivotal. Mixed media has become a central focus over the years and her practice has developed towards the interface between Fine Art and Textiles where elements of painting, relief and experimental textiles meet. Coming from a background of accomplished artists and educators’ she has spent many years developing values in educational practice and enabling students to access their own creative potential.

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.