Drawing and painting techniques and materials

Course Dates: 06/04/20 - 08/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Combine methods gleaned from art history with the diverse practices of contemporary art and explore a storehouse of mixed-media drawing and painting techniques.


What is the course about?

The course will examine the significance of procedure and presentation upon the making and meaning of a chosen subject drawn randomly from a lucky dip each session.

Methods and materials gleaned from the far-reaching shelves of ancient art will interface seamlessly with those used in contemporary art today.

The course will also examine historic and contemporary modes of drawing/painting presentation from the wall to the cabinet, the object, the projection, the assemblage and beyond.

"Drawing and painting Techniques" will attempt to answer all those "How is it done?" questions you've ever wanted to ask.

Basic materials will be provided but please bring a camera to all the sessions.

What will we cover?

"Drawing and Painting Techniques" is primarily concerned with the two dimensional and will focus on the use of mixed media in a classical and contemporary context.

The course will examine the time honoured relationship between making, meaning and the message. Topics will range from looking at ancient drawing and painting practices ranging from early candlelit silhouette drawings to the undried palette of today's mix and match collage generation.

Practical Workshops will involve an abundant use of mixed media experimentation from silverpoint to pen and ink, monotype, paint, collage and beyond.

We will examine the significance of drawing/painting installation both on and off the wall, in and out of the Gallery. The course will offer a giant bag of objects, tricks, exercises and thoughts to stretch the imagination and flex those picture addict muscles.

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

- Work confidently with a wide range of drawing and painting techniques.
- Understand the significance of materiality upon the making and meaning of the subject.
- Develop a "Technique Notebook" of "drawing/painting recipes and approaches" with a view to extending your practice.
- Become familiar with a wide range of drawing/painting instruments and the multifarious voices therein.
- Experiment with diverse ways of housing and presenting the drawing/paintings on and off the wall.
- Negotiate yourself through the abstract language of line, mark, shape, form, substance, colour and so forth.
- Navigate your way through history's technique kitchen.

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

The course is open to all though some previous experience in drawing and painting would be advisable though not essential. Adopt a willingness to experiment with different materials and approaches to making art.

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?

The class will be primarily practical with one to one tuition, exercises, demonstrations, informal lectures and group discussions. Students will be advised to create a "Technique Depot Notebook" during the course to record process and contextualisation.

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

Basic materials are provided. The Tutor will advise you on what to bring in each day from the mixed media cupboards of home, i.e. (egg yolk, different surfaces, varnishes etc.)

Please bring a camera with you to all classes, (this could be a mobile phone).

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?

On the final day, the Tutor will advise you on suitable pathways of progression.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Thoroughly enjoyed the course. I learnt a lot of new techniques which I was able to practise and explore. The tutor was really engaging and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend the course.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
Just wonderful - wonderful teacher who knows all about the subject and a lot more. Fun and I felt that I learnt a lot in an easy way.
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Review by Annette / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Simon English Tutor Website

Simon English emerged on the London Art scene in 1994, with an exhibition of painting at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Young British Art 111. He has become best known for his large and small-scale works on paper, often described as painted drawings. He has exhibited internationally at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Musee D'Art Contemporaine de Val de Marne (MAC VAL), Paris France; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, U.S.A; Sammlung Essi, Vienna, Austria; Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; LAM Lille, France; Rohkunstbau XXII, Germany, Paisley Museum Scotland; The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Tate Britain, London, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands; Galerie Delacroix French Institute, Tanglers, Morrocco; Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France. In March 2018, the artist's new book, 'SIMON ENGLISH: my big self decoy justin beiber', was launched in the UK by Black Dog Publishing. In 2020 Simon will be presenting his largest solo show to date, at the Transpalette centre D'Arte in Bourges, followed by a solo show at Allegra Projects in St Moritz.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VM702

Mon-Wed, day, 06 Apr - 08 Apr '20

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £183.00
Concession: £140.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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