What is the course about?
What will we cover?
• Using variety of drawing materials and techniques move from observation towards a more personal abstract response.
• An understanding of the formal elements within a drawing; exploring line, tone, colour, texture, pattern, composition and how to manipulate and abstract them.
• How artists use the creative cycle in the development of their ideas and concepts.
• The key concepts and artists behind 20th century abstract art including contemporary artists.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Understand the concepts and techniques behind abstract art.
• Draw with increased confidence and experiment developing your drawings inspired by abstract approaches in a variety of media.
• Use your sketchbook as an experimental place in which to explore ideas, take risks and reflect.
• Incorporate the creative cycle to take a more explorative, open-minded approach to your artistic practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for students who have some drawing experience (ie have completed at least one course of 'Drawing 1' or equivalent). Come with an open mind and a willingness to try new techniques.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Using a variety of techniques designed to help you break out of old habits and develop your confidence taking creative risks. Practical work will involve drawing from observation, using a variety of materials including charcoal, chalk and ink. There will also be demonstrations, group discussions, one-to-one tutoring, and hand-outs regarding artists and current exhibitions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring your sketchbook, all other materials will be 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?
This course runs at the end of term 3, however, you may wish to continue your exploration into abstraction by joining one of the following courses that will run in the next academic year: Abstract drawing, Ways into abstract painting, Exploring and explaining abstract painting.
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