What is the course about?
A series of experiments and drawing exercises will introduce you to ways of seeing. You will explore line, tone, shape, form and mark-making using pencil, charcoal and chalk. The course encourages an inventive approach to composition and introduces you to the underlying abstract forces that occur in all visual exploration. The experience can then be applied to a range of specialist subjects that use drawing skills to support and explore creativity.
What previous students liked most about their course: .
"Great approach for beginners, variety of exercises."
"Increased my confidence and made me want to continue. Fun and something to look forward to each week."
"Focus on learning rather than outcome."
What will we cover?
- learning to look
- composition and tone
- light and shade
- gesture and mark-making
- putting it all together
- measurement and relating the subject to eye level.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- plan a composition and understand spatial relationships
- draw more accurately from observation
- draw using tone to establish structure and create solidity of form
- draw using line and gesture
- start to develop a personal approach to drawing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Handouts, presentations, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are provided.
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?
This course naturally leads onto 'Drawing 2'. You are encouraged to attend both courses to gain maximum benefit. You may also wish to go on to 'Develop your Drawing' or focus your drawing skills on life or portraiture.
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