Drawing: focus on light and shade

Course Dates: 09/07/20 - 13/08/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the potential of light and shade in observational drawing to create dramatic tonal effects. Discover a selection of drawing materials through guided exercises to create a series of tonal studies. This is a course for beginners with little or no experience.


What is the course about?

This course looks at the role light sources can play in the depiction of solid forms and the creation of exciting and dynamic compositions.

What will we cover?

Observe objects in light to compare and contrast tonal sequences.
Explore the potential of direct and reflected light to suggest volume and space.
Create a composition which has light as its focal point.

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

Create strong dramatic forms with a variety of drawing materials and suggest objects in volume.
Explore the making of space through light and dark.
Create a composition which has a dramatic play of tonal contrasts.

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

Some drawing skills are helpful, but basic techniques will be taught.
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?

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

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

Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.

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?

This course is a good introduction to a Drawing 1 (VH407) or a Drawing 2 (VH426) or any other drawing course.


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Excellent class. Focusing on light and shade definitely gives more depth to a drawing. It’s a class that is good for beginners but someone with more experience would get something from it as well. The teacher has a very good manner and is encouraging. Very knowledgable as well.
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Tutor Biographies
Anne Teahan

Anne Teahan is an artist whose work has spanned projects and residencies across a variety of settings ranging from a successful Arts Council collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC & Shape Arts, to teaching art in an inner-city school. Her art explores themes of fragility, light and visibility. Her practice ranges from observational drawing & painting and photography to fragmented paper sculpture and installation. She has exhibited widely in diverse settings, including Tate Exchange at Tate Modern and the Phoenix Cinema (making work inspired by Hitchcock). She is a UAL alumnus having studied Painting at Byam Shaw school of Art and a Drawing MA at Camberwell, and she completed her PGCE at MiddlesexUniversity. Her work can be viewed on Axis and on her personal website www.anneteahan.co.uk Anne has been a tutor at City Lit for many years, delivering courses and workshops in drawing, painting and life classes. Her teaching is structured but flexible - she believes that offering students a well-planned process will take the stress out of learning and release creativity.

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.

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Course Code: VH341

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Thu, eve, 09 Jul - 13 Aug '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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