Drawing: a contemporary approach

Course Dates: 04/07/23 - 18/07/23
Time: 10:15 - 16:15
Location: Keeley Street
Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working. For intermediate students with some drawing experience who would like to explore experimental drawing techniques and develop their own ideas in drawing. 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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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00

Course Code: VM056

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Tue, day, 04 Jul - 18 Jul '23

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Take your drawing into exciting new directions – build on your existing skills and discover new ways of working, experiment with different techniques and find out where your drawings will take you next.
Be inspired by experimental drawing techniques and the work of comtemporary artists. From initial sketches and additional research through to a series of final drawings - we will work from observation, our own research and imagination.

What will we cover?

- Source material and development of subject matter eg sketchbook ideas, working from photographs and
- Experimenting with image making materials i.e. drawing materials and mixing media and collage.
- Discussion of the visual language in drawing
- Issues in contemporary drawing.

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

- Draw with more 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/artwork
- Expand and develop your initial visual ideas using a variety of drawing materials and processes
- Make a sustained drawing or series of works over several weeks
- Develop your ability to make decisions about the development of your own work
- Use the work of current artists as a reference and influence on your own drawing practice.

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

Intermediate – you should have 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.

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

Demonstrations and presentations, practical exercises, handouts, collaborative group-work and individual tasks, group and one-to-one discussions.

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

All materials are included.


Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones has been teaching painting and drawing for 17 years, predominantly on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at London College of Fashion and at Oaklands College in St Albans. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and has been practicing as an artist for over twenty years. He is a painter working mainly in oil paint and mixed media on canvas. His work is informed by the urban and rural landscape and ideas of utopia, dystopia and the sublime. He is currently a fellow at Digswell arts and was shortlisted for the Beep Painting Prize (2022), John Moores Painting Prize (2020) and awarded the Contemporary Arts Trust Prize (2019). Stuart exhibits nationally, has work in numerous private collections and his work has been loaned to MGM Studios, Paramount British Pictures and the BBC. For more information please visit: https://www.stuartjonesartist.co.uk https://www.instagram.com/stujonesartist/

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.