What is the course about?
You will explore a range of mixed media drawing materials and experiment with mono print, collage and the use of imitation gold leaf and coloured ink. Develop a personal sketchbook as a visual research resource, build simple models of spaces to use as inspiration for your drawings. A short introduction to colour theory is included. Every session will begin with an introduction to a specific method. The starting theme of the course will be ‘people in the city’.
What will we cover?
- Exploring mixed media materials to develop drawings
- Developing and working from a personal sketchbook
- Gaining pigments from unusual sources
- Using a wide range of drawing tools
- Embedding texture in drawing
- Colour theory, introductory level
- Building simple models of spaces, using those as inspiration for your drawings.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use colour and tone in drawing more confidently
- Use mixed media materials to support your drawings
- Develop ideas from initial sourcing in your sketchbook
- Respond to a given theme
- Build a simple maquette to support idea development; to inspire a drawing or painting; to present an idea.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This short course is introductory level , however, it is suitable for people of all levels of experience who enjoy experimenting with drawing approaches, techniques and ideas.
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 discussions. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstrations, practical activities, some visual research, talks/presentations, group discussions, individual tuition and feedback. You will be encouraged to research and record ideas outside of sessions and to use your sketchbook in class.
The course will include one half day off site.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials are included in the course fee. You should bring an A4 hard-back sketchbook or sketchpad. 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?
After finishing this course, you may wish to continue to develop your ideas in drawing on the following courses
that we offer in our programme:
- VF484 Axonometric drawing and Drawing 2 on Thursday evenings
- Mixed media drawing and collage
- Contemporary collage and mixed media
- Introduction to collage and mixed media
There are a range of times and dates on offer for these courses.
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.