What is the course about?
Working from plants and flowers you will be introduced to the formal elements of drawing; exploring line, tone, texture, mark making and colour. Using a variety of drawing materials you will be encouraged to try an experimental approach taking inspiration from exciting contemporary artists and designers.
What will we cover?
We will look at the visual recording of plants and flowers in art and design, exploring a wide variety of art traditions from botanical illustration to more contemporary artists including Ellsworth Kelly, Gary Hume and Lucienne Day. Each week we cover a different formal element in drawing taking an artist or designer as our inspiration. These images will be used as starting points for discussion and as inspiration for our own personal expressions of the subject matter.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Apply skills in observational study using a range of drawing media
- Use line, tone, and texture as expressive and descriptive elements
- Confidently select and simplify complex forms
- Develop personal compositions and Interpretations, using other artists as inspiration.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels of experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group and one to one tuition, demonstrations and looking at images from other artists. The course will be hands on, with discussion to facilitate the understanding of why we do things in certain ways. The use of a sketchbook to record your thoughts and group critiques will be encouraged for you to reflect upon and develop your work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic drawing materials and plants and flowers will be 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?
The ideal follow on from this course is Painting from Plants and Flowers, however, you may also wish to join Watercolour: still life for beginners.
Alternatively, you may wish to contunue to paint from observation on a life painting or landscape painting course.
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