What is the course about?
Explore portraiture through the wonderfully versatile medium of drawing. Drawing can provide quick and accessible methods to look at elements like structure, likeness and mark-making, independent from the skills particular to painting such as colour-mixing. Drawing is usually the basis for painting and this course would be ideal taken alongside or before a painting portraits course.
What will we cover?
We will learn practical techniques including the use of proportion, tone, how to convey structure and volume, expression and likeness. Looking at a variety of artists' work we will also learn how different mark-making techniques can produce lively and expressive drawings.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Draw the portrait head with improved accuracy
- Understand better how to use tone in drawing
- Convey basic structure in the human head
- Use a variety of drawing techniques for expressive effect.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Though some drawing experience is preferable, beginners who enjoy a challenge are welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Talks, practical work, demonstrations, individual tutoring and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All drawing 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 enrol on any of the Portraits 1 and 2 courses which include painting and run throughout the year including during the Summer school. For more experimental approaches try VM910 Contemporary portrait studio: all levels or VH759 Experimental Approaches to Portraiture.