Drawing 1

Course Dates: 09/09/24 - 11/11/24
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
An introduction to drawing from observation through a carefully structured approach in a studio environment. Suitable for beginners.
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Drawing 1
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  • Course Code: VH410
  • Dates: 09/09/24 - 11/11/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Brian Sayers

Course Code: VH410

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Full Mon, day, 09 Sep - 11 Nov '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

Explore the creative possibilities of drawing through a series of practical drawing tasks. You will explore techniques that develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition, and mark making. You will investigate spatial relationships through basic measuring and constructing a composition. Relevant examples of work from artists will be discussed in relation to the drawings you are making.

What will we cover?

• Accuracy to represent a form.
• Using the components of drawing – line, tone and mark-making.
• An introduction to composition and spatial relationships.
• The work of other artists’ and practitioners.
• Reflect on your own progress and learning.

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

• Use techniques to record subjects accurately from observation.
• Begin to make compositional decisions to determine spatial relationships.
• Recognise hand and eye co-ordination as something personal as you develop a drawing.
• Identify drawing methods and approaches used by a range of relevant artists.
• Reflect on your learning in the context of making a drawing.

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

This is a course for beginners, no experience is necessary. Course. It is ideal for those new to drawing from observation in a studio environment.

You should be able to follow verbal and written instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You may be encouraged to take short written notes for your own use and take part in group discussions.

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

• Practical work in the studio
• Demonstrations
• Presentations and handouts
• Individual and group tutoring
• Group discussion

This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations and handouts etc.

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

Basic drawing materials and resources are provided as part of this course, including paper, pencils, charcoal. Students are welcome to bring any additional specialist materials.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.

To get 15% LGC discount, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply in-store or by simply emailing info@londongraphics.co.uk with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.

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

A range of courses at City Lit to consider include Drawing 2, Drawing into Painting, Drawing from Plants and Flowers and Drawing into Watercolour painting.

Brian Sayers

Brian has taught painting and drawing for over 30 years in a variety of different places and at different levels. He graduated from the Slade School of Art in 1978 and has continued to practise painting ever since. He has had over 10 one-person shows in the UK and exhibited in Germany and the USA. Although still life has been a principle interest, he has completed a number of portraits and exhibited 3 times in the National Portrait Gallery and is often in the RA Summer Exhibition. Brian particularly likes to include knowledge of art historical contexts with practical work to extend students' methods and approaches. He aims to focus on painting from diverse periods and cultures to develop individual ideas. When teaching he hopes to encourage a liveliness of approach with a solid understanding of technical issues involved. This can, in his opinion, lead on to a more confident, personal approach.

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.