Drawing 3: experimental approaches

Course Dates: 17/04/23 - 10/07/23
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Explore a range of materials and challenging approaches to develop your creative potential in drawing, informed by artists contexts. Building on your previous experience, develop your observational drawing skills for greater accuracy and complexity as well as learning to manipulate composition, surface and mark-making to create dynamic, expressive drawings.
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Full Mon, day, 17 Apr - 10 Jul '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 13 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course encourages an inventive approach to composition and introduces you to the underlying abstract forces that occur in all visual exploration, including 'ways of seeing' and to develop a drawing language to articulate and understand visual relationships. Using a variety of drawing media and different creative techniques you will evolve a fluid and dynamic approach, enabling confidence in drawing, and exploring the potential to move into mixed media and painting.

What will we cover?

A course to develop your existing drawing skills, including:
- how to see and draw with greater accuracy from observation
- exploring viewpoints
- personal sketchbook work
- expressive, dynamic drawing
- developing a more resolved drawing from sketches.

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

- Draw more accurately from observation using tone and line to express form
- manipulate and make use of different compositional devices
- make use of proportion and perspective for more convincing observational drawings
- make use of proportion and perspective for more convincing observational drawings
- use texture, pattern, gestural approaches and mark-making towards developing a more expressive visual language
- make use of a sketchbook to develop personal ideas.

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

Intermediate. It is recommended that you have some previous drawing experience or have completed Drawing 1 or Drawing 2.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instruction, 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?

Using a variety of techniques designed to help you break out of old habits and loosen up as well as 'sharpening up your eye'. Practical work will involve drawing from observation, using a variety of materials including charcoal, chalk and ink. There will also be demonstrations, group discussions, one-to-one tutoring, and handouts regarding artists and exhibitions. Optional sketchbook homework.

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

All basic materials are provided.


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

Completing this course gives you a portfolio of drawings with which to apply for our higher level Art and Design courses should you wish to, such as Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers. Alternatively, you could apply to one or more of a wide range of art subjects which use drawing skills to support and explore creativity, such as painting, fashion and textiles, graphic design and sculpture.

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.