What is the course about?
The course is about discovering interesting gardens, while improving your ability to sketch and capture the essence of the subject matter in a variety of mediums that are easy to take anywhere.
The first morning will take place at City Lit, where you will be given a list of the gardens you will visit and the tube stations where you will be meeting each week. Please dress warm and be prepared to be outside on the afternoon of the first session. The rest of the sessions will be held off-site.
What will we cover?
We will try out a range of different drawing materials such as charcoal, pastel, pen and ink and watercolour pencils and you will be given useful tips on how to organise your materials for taking them outside. You will be shown a variety of work by artists to inspire you to try various techniques, and you will be given methods of selecting and simplifying a composition from the garden settings.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• feel more confident to sketch outside in public spaces
• have one or more strategy in mind to help you get started
• continue to improve learned techniques
• be familiar with a range of different effects from a variety of drawing materials.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All levels welcome.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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 tutor will give individual feedback and have some exercises and suggestions of painting that you can do in between classes, aimed at helping you with the challenges of painting outside.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be shown all materials the first week and paints will be provided. If you do not have paper, the tutor will sell it to you on the first week, but thereafter you will need to bring your own paper, brushes and other materials to the gardens each week.
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?
If you would like to continue to use ouside spaces as your inspiration, you may wish to join one of the following courses:
Drawing landscape and the city, Landscape drawing, Painting landscape and the City, Watercolour: cityscapes for beginners, Watercolour:citycapes on location, Watercolour:cityscapes themes and ideas.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details