What is the course about?
This practical course will introduce you to compositional techniques and their potential for enhancing your own compositions. Through structured exercises and observational drawing, you will explore ideas through thumbnail sketches and more detailed drawings, looking at ways of integrating a structure to make more interesting, considered pictures.
What will we cover?
- How to plan a composition
- A variety of techniques used for structuring and balancing a composition
- Tools to help compose a picture
- Looking at artist’s paintings to try to understand their compositional structure
- De-construct your own work and look at ways of making it stronger.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plan a composition using several different techniques
- Compose a picture with increased confidence
- Choose a suitable approach for a particular subject matter
- Look at and take inspiration from artists who use the ‘Rule of Thirds’ and other compositional elements in their work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for which some basic drawing skills would be useful but not essential.
Optional: You can bring a piece of your own work to analyse using compositional techniques. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, handouts 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?
In this studio based course you will be taught through demonstrations, practical exercises, handouts and individual tuition.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials for the course will be provided. A small sketchbook or notebook may be useful for taking personal notes and making sketches. 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?
The Drawing 1 and Painting 1 courses are great for nailing the fundaments of drawing or painting and will also cover composition as well as other picture making elements. Develop your Drawing and Painting is great for really exploring the picture making process and how both relate to each other. There’s also a great variety of life drawing and life painting classes which would allow you to try out your new compositional skills.