What is the course about?
A two-day introduction to drawing in a sketchbook, in different areas of the National Gallery.
This short course provides an opportunity to get started with a sketchbook: you will draw directly from a variety of paintings, and be shown different methods of working with different types of pencil, using both light and shadow, and some colour.
***You will need to bring an A5 or A4 size sketchbook.
*Meeting place in session 1 will be outside the entrance to National Gallery ***there is more than one entrance so please meet at the entrance to the RIGHT of the steps on Trafalgar Square: the door is at the right side of the building (near to the entrance to the National Café which is on the corner of Charing Cross Road, just before the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery). You will then be given a plan by the tutor, to confirm the location of the next session in the Gallery.
What will we cover?
Drawing from a variety of paintings, from different eras and painted in different styles, gives you the chance to explore some of the effects that can be achieved in drawing with pencils: such as use of light/shadow to create volume, and types of mark-making. You will also have a brief introduction to colour.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Draw simple shapes with confidence
Investigate three methods of drawing
Achieve confidence to start using a sketchbook
Start to draw directly from observation of paintings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for you if you are a beginner or :
You want to learn more about how to draw
You have not used a sketchbook before
You need more confidence drawing different things
You’d like to explore different ways of sketchbook drawing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will receive individual guidance with some demonstration and group discussion, to enable you to develop your practical work in the sketchbook throughout the course.
You will be encouraged to do some work in the sketchbook between the class sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pencils for drawing will be provided.
Guidance on materials will be given if you wish to buy your own equipment after the first session.
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?
City Lit runs a range of drawing courses; such as Drawing 1 and Drawing 2, your tutor will discuss options for progression with you during this course.
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