Drawing techniques of the old masters

Course Dates: 23/07/20 - 24/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

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 the 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?

An intermediate level course suitable for learners with some previous drawing experience.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Well worth it as it is a chance to study drawing techniques of the Old Masters.
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Review by anonomyous / (Posted on 01/12/2019)
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)
Tutor Biographies
Simon English Tutor Website

Simon English emerged on the London Art scene in 1994, with an exhibition of painting at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Young British Art 111. He has become best known for his large and small-scale works on paper, often described as painted drawings. He has exhibited internationally at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark; Musee D'Art Contemporaine de Val de Marne (MAC VAL), Paris France; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut, U.S.A; Sammlung Essi, Vienna, Austria; Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; LAM Lille, France; Rohkunstbau XXII, Germany, Paisley Museum Scotland; The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Tate Britain, London, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands; Galerie Delacroix French Institute, Tanglers, Morrocco; Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, France. In March 2018, the artist's new book, 'SIMON ENGLISH: my big self decoy justin beiber', was launched in the UK by Black Dog Publishing. In 2020 Simon will be presenting his largest solo show to date, at the Transpalette centre D'Arte in Bourges, followed by a solo show at Allegra Projects in St Moritz.

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.

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Course Code: VH772

Thu-Fri, day, 23 Jul - 24 Jul '20

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £91.00

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