What is the course about?
This is a two-part course, delivered in partnership with English National Ballet which focuses on fast figure sketching as an introduction to the language of ballet and how dance as an art form relates to drawing. This is an exciting and challenging drawing experience to capture the continuous movement of professional dancers.
Two mornings are spent at Sadler’s Wells theatre where you will learn about the relationship between Drawing and Dance, the language of choreography as ‘thinking with the body’ and try a variety of exercises in ‘ways of seeing’ to learn how to develop a fast intuitive response to movement using gestural mark making, blind drawing, continuous line, how to abstract the moving figure and exploring different drawing tools and mixed media processes.
We will then have two afternoons and a whole day of visual research looking at historical and cultural inspiration for the dance and experimenting with mixed-media processes in the art studio at City Lit to develop a vibrant concertina sketchbook.
What will we cover?
Throughout the course, participants will consider the wider context for the dynamic figure in art to seek inspiration from the work of a range of artists. We will develop a concertina format sketchbook, collating raw material in the theatre, making visual research and experimenting with mixed media in the studio including collage, found image and word, inks, carbon paper and paint.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Use fast sketching techniques
To make a quick intuitive response to live dancers
To use a range of mark-making
To make experimental interventions into sketchbook pages
To use mixed media to experiment with basic elements of composition: line, tone, colour, texture, pattern
To have a wider context of other artists' interpretation of dance
To complete an experimental sketchbook of drawing and dance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is not a beginners course. Drawing the live moving figure is a challenging drawing experience. Some life drawing experience and/or at least Drawing One is advisable.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Individual support, tutor led creative drawing exercises, peer discussion and review of visual work, practical projects set by tutor in the studio.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most basic drawing materials will be provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own favoured materials eg Pentel marker pens and brush pens are very useful for quick sketching. We will be using an A5 concertina format sketchbook but you also welcome to bring any other format sketchbook as an addition to draw in the theatre.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Essence of Movement the Dynamic Figure in Dance Drawing Studio, Abstract Drawing and Mixed Media, Colour Sketchbook for Artists and Makers, Expressive drawing in Glorious colour, Speed Life Drawing, Experimental Life Drawing.
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