Drawing techniques of the old masters

Course Dates: 12/11/19 - 10/12/19
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Paul Dixon

Look back at the drawing techniques and materials used by the Old Masters of the Renaissance period. Working to set exercises, practise and develop drawing skills and explore drawing materials used by some of the artists of this time.


What is the course about?

Learning about the methods and materials used we will make some copies of drawings from this period. Aiming to understand techniques like cross hatching plus combinations of smudging and line to describe structure, plus working on mid tone paper with the Trois crayons technique (i.e. black, sanguine (brick red) and white pastels) to create beautiful effects and finally pen and ink. Having made drawn copies and learned the techniques we will then apply them to our own drawings of the nude model.

What will we cover?

Making research studies, from selected drawings.
Learning drawing methods to replicate the effects of old master drawings.
Using a variety of media, to replicate the effects of old master drawings, including Trois crayons technique and pen and ink.
Discovering a personal response to the techniques and materials of the chosen artists.

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

• Make copies of old master drawing
• Have a better understanding of three of the materials of the old masters including sanguine, Trois crayons technique and pen and ink.
• practise several drawing techniques and methods used by the old masters
• Apply your research to drawings of the live model.
• Discover a personal response to your selected drawings for further development.

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

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. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be group and one to one tuition.

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

All materials are provided.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If you wish to continue working with the figure, you may like to join a life drawing class or Portrait class. Any drawing class would help to further develop your drawing. Painting classes are also a good follow on.

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


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very interesting and inspiring course - great tutor; i learnt a lot
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 02/08/2019)
do the course, you will enjoy it so much. Such intensive drawing practice really improved my work and helped me apply things I had heard about but not been able to use properly.
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Review by Susan k / (Posted on 27/07/2019)
A good course..stimulating and challenging.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/07/2019)
[The tutor] covered large amount of material. Very organised, things moved along very quickly. Amazing to watch the ease in which he drew portraits. Also used model.
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Review by BJ / (Posted on 17/08/2015)
Inspirational tuition. We produced some beautiful drawings. Am already using the techniques at home, including silverpoint. Wish you had a longer, fuller course on the subject(s).
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Review by CT / (Posted on 31/07/2015)
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Course Code: VM994

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Tue, day, 12 Nov - 10 Dec '19

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

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