Drawing into painting
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VM501
Available start dates
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
To gain an understanding of the possibilities of relating drawing to painting. To find out how the two activities contrast, yet potentially support each other. To experience drawing and painting as related formal language, and to facilitate a progression from drawing to painting.
What will we cover?
We will explore strategies for relating drawing to painting, including: working from observation; exploring abstract mark, gesture and composition; making drawn studies as an aid to preparing for paintings; and also interpreting and developing your own painting and/or that of other artists.
You will be encouraged you to explore and reflect upon how drawing and painting can facilitate the development of a personal creative process.These preparatory studies will lead you to a final piece which can be either a drawing or painting.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- successfully use drawing as a preliminary step towards painting
- experience drawing as a means of decision-making and problem-solving in a painting
- understand possible affinities between drawn and painted marks
- use painting and drawing to explore and interpret your own work and or/ that of others.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For beginners in painting with some drawing experience, or those who wish to explore the relationship between the two disciplines.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will engage in a series of structured projects that explore the relationship between drawing and painting. There will be group discussions and evaluations, individual tutorials, and explorations of works by selected artists.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A small notebook for making notes/sketches (no larger than A4) is advised, although not essential.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a number of ideal course to follow on to, for example, 'The complete painting course part 1: beginners', 'Painting 1', 'Painting 2' ' Develop your drawing and painting', ' Painting and the creative imagination', 'Ways into abstract painting'.
I am an artist living and working in London, trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). I have shown in solo and group exhibitions around the UK and in Europe (including the Whitechapel Open and Threadneedle Painting Prize) with work in numerous private collections and featured in Drawing and Painting by Kate Wilson (Thames and Hudson, 2015) For over 30 years I have taught in a wide variety of contexts, lecturing in many British art schools, including Manchester (MA), Cheltenham (BA), Central St Martins, UAL. I have run drawing workshops for Microsoft Seattle, Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, Electronic Arts UK, Vanguard Animation, Tell Me in Mountain View, CA and Kaos Studios (THQ) in New York amongst others. I have also taught renowned opera, television and film directors how to draw (NDAs duly signed) From 2021-22 I was the recipient of an Arts Council England Project Award to conduct research into drawing and the processing of trauma. I have tenure at City Lit where I deliver drawing and painting courses exploring how these activities alter visual perception, with a strong emphasis on thinking through doing.
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.