Drawing for textiles
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO204
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will explore drawing for textiles and the journey between drawing and design work. If you are unconfident about drawing, welcome to an exciting course where playful experiments can enrich your design work. You will develop a body of experimental drawings exploring texture, line, mark-making, scale, layering, and mixed media. These drawings will be inspired by a collection of your personal objects, and we will investigate how to collect lively and imaginative research. We will discuss the importance of sketchbooks, and reflect on what methods are useful for the personal development of ideas. You will begin working in black in white and progress to using colour. Lastly, you will start developing your drawings and sketchbook work into design ideas, and explore layout, scale and motifs.
You will use collage techniques and drawing to develop design ideas.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Appreciation of how artists use drawing and mark-making in textile design.
- Practical exploration of a range of drawing and mark-making mediums; ink, resist/eraser, pencil, charcoal.
- Influence of some historic and contemporary textile designers.
- Use of a sketchbook to gather, collate, and process information.
- Experimented with collage, layering, and scale
- Exploration of colour in the drawing and design processes.
- Rhythm and pattern, and an understanding of how to develop drawing and research into textile design ideas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explore drawing with a range of techniques and media; ink, charcoal and pencil, and resist techniques.
- Experiment with mark making, scale and collage.
- Develop initial textile design ideas from drawings and inspirational material.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is designed for beginners.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment. Access to the classroom will be provided in advance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- Charcoal stick, a small selection of drawing pencils, and an eraser.
- Masking tape and roll of Sellotape, and glue stick.
- Scissors (and scalpel/cutting matt if possible)
- Black drawing ink and brushes (1 big and 1 small), and a candle/white crayon for resist.
- Black marker pen, and a fine black pen.
- Selection of mark-making materials that you don’t mind getting messy; e.g; roller, twigs, ruler, comb.
- Pieces of white/off-white A3 paper; a variety of types (newsprint, cartridge , sugar-paper, old wall-paper)
- Few sheets of tracing paper.
- An example of an artist whose drawings you admire; a book, a postcard, a magazine-cutting.
- A small collection of inspiring objects (flowers, jug, shiny things, vegetables, household implements, piece of fabric)
- Some type of colouring medium (inks, watercolour, felt-tips, coloured pencil, poster paint)
You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 24 hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
- We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each session starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City lit runs a wide range of courses in Textiles for beginners, advanced learners and professional practitioners.
Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.
Lara is a printed textile designer, with a passion for colour, pattern and mark-making. She holds a degree in Fashion and Textile design from Brighton University, and a PgCert in teaching adults. Lara draws inspiration for her designs from landscapes, gardens and foliage. Her colourful and joyful hand-printed fabrics are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricately printed designs. Lara uses her eclectic repertoire of print, dye and design knowledge to research contemporary printing with natural dyes. These experimental prints inform and shape her current professional practice. Lara is a founding member of Ceres; an eco- conscious trio who collaborate on environmental and sustainable design projects. Lara enjoys sharing her creative ideas; and is short course tutor at University of the Arts London, West Dean College, and other education venues. At City Lit, she teaches a range of specialist courses that include; shibori and indigo, drawing for textile design, dye techniques, and natural dye printing.
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.