Drawing: a contemporary approach

Course Dates: 08/11/24 - 06/12/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Take your drawing in exciting new directions – build on existing skills and discover new ways of working. A chance to extend your own drawing projects guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, with reference to the work of artists using drawing in the wider art world today.
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Drawing: a contemporary approach
  • Course Code: VH876
  • Dates: 08/11/24 - 06/12/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Fri, Evening
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella

Course Code: VH876

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Fri, eve, 08 Nov - 06 Dec '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for intermediate level students with some drawing experience, who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques to develop their own ideas in drawing. Be inspired by experimental drawing processes and the work of contemporary artists. From initial sketches and additional research through to a series of final drawings, you will work from observation, personal research, and imagination.

What will we cover?

• Source material and development of subject matter e.g. sketchbook ideas, working from photographs and projections.
• Experimenting with image making materials i.e. drawing materials, mixing media and collage.
• Discussion of the visual language in drawing.
• Themes within contemporary drawing practice.

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

• Draw with increased confidence using a variety of different methods.
• Use drawing as a means of recording, exploration, and self-expression.
• Use a sketchbook/photograph as a research tool for a drawing.
• Develop your initial visual ideas using a variety of drawing materials and processes.
• Make a sustained drawing or series of works.
• Make decisions about the development of your own work.
• Reflect on the work of artists working today and the influence on your own drawing practice.

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

This is an intermediate course for students with drawing experience / completed our Drawing 1 course or an equivalent. Come with an open mind and a willingness to try things out and develop your work further.

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.
• Short demonstrations
• Handouts
• One-to–one tutoring
• Group discussion.

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

Basic materials and resources are provided as part of this course, including drawing media and paper.

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

You might want to consider Large-scale Drawing and Painting, Large-scale, mixed media, Large-scale Sketchbook, Drawing 3. UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City Lit for those who want to progress to higher education or to prepare for work in the creative industries or develop their own practice..

Mario Lautier Vella Tutor Website

Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to mariolautiervella.com

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.