Large-scale experimental sketchbook

Course Dates: 08/05/20 - 10/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tony Hull

Create a sketchbook that explores ideas and an experimental use of a range of materials. Start with an offsite visit and develop the sketchbook using it as a visual journal of your thinking.


What is the course about?

Over the course of ten weeks we will develop an understanding of how to use a sketchbook to record information on site and develop work creatively in the studio. The work in the sketchbook could be seen as preparation for a larger scale work or as finished piece in itself.

What will we cover?

You will be encouraged to work with drawing, photography and collage in response to an initial site visit. You will be taught how to visualise and to consider composition, as well as the structure of the sketchbook to create a rich and varied resource. By the end of the course your sketchbook will be seen as a whole, with its own visual qualities that relate to the surface quality and the progression of visual themes.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Make drawings and mixed-media works from observation
- Work experimentally with a range of media
- Gain an understanding of how a sketchbook can be structured to be coherent
- Take inspiration from the work of a variety of artists.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For beginners and advanced students alike.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Individual and group tuition, critiques, group discussions and demonstrations.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a large scale sketchbook (A3 - A2). All other drawing materials are provided. It would be useful to have a camera and to print out pictures taken during the site visit.

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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The developmental nature of this course can be excellent preparation for application to higher level courses, such as the 'City Lit Fine Art Course', 'Art and Design Foundation Course', or 'Extended Drawing for Artist’s and makers'. The tutor will advise on other related courses within City Lit Visual Arts as appropriate.

Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VH503

Fri, day, 08 May - 10 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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