What is the course about?
Each one of us has a unique way of writing and drawing and this course is about how to develop your own special way of expression through creating letterforms. You will explore examples of historical and contemporary letterforms and greeting cards which, along with your own image research and observations, can be used as a basis for developing your own ideas. You will be encouraged to experiment using a range of drawing and painting tools and materials and will have the opportunity to use digital tools to enhance your drawings and card designs. You will develop one idea into a final finished card which will be presented in its own envelope.
Letterforms and words have been an essential part of how we are able to communicate with each other for millennia. Each implement we use to create a letterform carries different meanings. Enjoy exploring and continuing to develop this tradition.
What will we cover?
- Researching letterforms and scripts throughout different cultures, contemporary and historical.
- Collecting written and typographic imagery to create a digital or actual scrapbook.
- The ways in which letterforms and scripts convey meaning and emotion.
- What defines a greetings card?
- Working and experimenting with traditional materials including dry and wet media techniques and tools
- Using some digital techniques to enhance the image.
- Working with various papers and understanding their relative effects on your artwork.
- Learning about sizes and weights of papers and cutting, folding and pressing paper.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- have a basic knowledge of the history of letterforms, typography and writing.
- draw and paint a variety of characters (letterforms) and words.
- use digital skills to enhance your hand-drawn work.
- have some knowledge of papers, materials and techniques for creating greeting cards
- create a beautiful greetings card and know how to make more in the future.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners or for those who wish to develop further techniques in drawing, painting and digital image enhancement. You need only enthusiasm and motivation as you’re guided step-by-step to a final piece.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by demonstration, practical exercises, handouts and individual assistance. We will use the internet to research work relevant to the course. You will be shown slide presentations. You will be encouraged to research letterforms in your environment (eg. street signs and graffiti). You may occasionally find it helpful to complete or revise work at home during the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring an A2, A3 (preferably) or A4 sketchbook along with a soft and hard pencil to begin sketching out ideas. Basic drawing and painting materials will be provided for use in the class but you may wish to buy your own materials for work at home and for your own specific requirements. Your tutor will advise you in the first session. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note: PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your illustration skills in the VK427 Illustration for beginners course or VK376 Graphic design and illustration course. You can also compliment and develop skills through a range of traditional illustration courses and digital illustration courses eg. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
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