Develop a textile sketchbook

Course Dates: 22/11/20 - 13/12/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore colour, texture, pattern and composition in a working sketchbook using a variety of creative mixed media and design processes. Generate imagery from original sources, discover their potential and work toward developed textile designs.

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What is the course about?

This is a short course to inspire you to use your sketchbook creatively and productively. By working through ideas using range of media, techniques and exercises, you will develop interesting imagery that could be interpreted into many different textile areas, from print to weave, embroidery to interiors and fashion.

What will we cover?

- How to get initial ideas and develop them into personal designs through a variety of practical process
- How to use various mixed media, paints, oil pastels, simple print, collage, to develop and generate imagery.
- Using colour, texture, line, shape and space for mood
- How other people use sketchbooks and develop ideas
- Considering how to apply design onto specific shapes or items (shawl, rug, cushion etc).

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

- Gather and develop textile imagery from a primary source though to more resolved designs
- Use various media and techniques to generate ideas
- Make links between your practice and that of other professional designers
- Evaluate and understand the strengths of your work and how to move ideas on

More experienced students:
-Expand on and combine processes to design a collection of paper designs that could be applied to specific items.

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

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience that want to improve their understanding of how to use a sketchbook effectively and experience how to use mixed media within the design process.

More advanced students might also enjoy it as a means of enhancing their means of personal expression.

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?

- You will have practical demonstrations backed up with hand outs and where appropriate samples .
- There will be practical exercises with one to one support and tutorials
- Informal group discussions and sharing of work.
- Powerpoint presentations and a pinterest page for you to access.

There will be a small amount of simple homework given, like collecting up some images, finishing off something started in class or thinking about what has made your work interesting ( evaluation).

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

You will need to buy a sketchbook with good quality cartridge preferable A3 and with not too many pages Daler do a graduate sketchbook that is inexpensive, you can get them from most art shops. I prefer a book that is NOT spiral bound but its up to you . If we get lots of work done you may need two books!!

Most materials will be provided in class but you may wish to make your design work more individual by bringing extra materials like coloured papers, brushes, paint sets.
It is likely that you will need to take some photocopies. This can be done using the copier in college which makes a minimum charge.

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?

VX951 City Lit textiles: surface, structure, stitch
VX338 Printed textiles: Screen printing and special effects
VX488 Textiles: mixed media embellishment.


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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.

This short course is a real booster to your creativity. There were lots of ideas about how to start work and where to get ideas from. The other students at City Lit courses are always stimulating too and really enrich the experience. The tutor is one of my favourite teachers - fun, organised, has great ideas and helps everyone in the class. They are also very encouraging and respects how people like to work. This course was suitable for all levels.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Excellent teacher, fast paced and stretches ones creativity
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Review by Alli / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Louise Baldwin

Louise is a practicing Textile Artist exhibiting work throughout Britain, Europe and Japan. She is a member of the 62 group of Textile artists, Made in Britain and you can usually see Louise’s work at Contemporary Applied Arts in London. Louise work can range from large machine and hand stitch wall pieces to small mixed media constructions and collages. Louise has been teaching for nearly thirty years on various Degrees, Foundation courses and for the last 10 year at the City Lit. She is proud to have seen so many students develop into such fantastic independent artist/designers. Louise lives, teaches and makes art in London.

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.

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Course Code: VX340

Sun, day, 22 Nov - 13 Dec '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £100.00

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