What is the course about?
The course focuses on how visual elements function in altering the content and meaning of work, and how these can be deployed to control the mood and impact of an image. Talks and practical work combine to allow you to explore this in the drawings you make from observation.
What will we cover?
- what is visual structure
- identifying visual structure
- how do visual elements function
- how to anticipate and control mood and impact of image
- visual tension - working with contrast and similarity
- meaning and visual structure.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- work with visual elements to alter the impact of your drawings.
- plan a composition to achieve desired level of visual tension
- choose appropriate medium and mark qualities for your drawings
- anticipate the response your drawing is likely to elicit
- explore the emotional content of your images.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for experienced students. It will not teach you how to draw but rather how to manipulate images through drawing. You should have already completed Drawing 2 or similar.
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?
Presentations, talks, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are provided.
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?
You may wish to progress onto 'Reading a Paint Surface', 'City Lit Fine Art Course' or a studio based course such as 'Contemporary Painting Studio'.
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