Learn to use: ink and wash

Course Dates: 06/03/20 - 13/03/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

The immediacy and versatility of ink and wash is perfect for those sketching on location, for designers and for students interested in watercolour techniques. Take the opportunity to explore the basic techniques of this exciting process.


What is the course about?

Exploring the potential of the medium of ink and washes for sketching on location, recording ideas and for creating studies for more sustained works.
• providing a supported but expansive setting in which to hone personal skills and build confidence
• introducing a variety of application techniques.

What will we cover?

Working from direct observation
• Using reference photographs and online images as source material
• Pens, brushes and non standard drawing tools
• Wet into wet technique
• Movement in washes
• Papers and stretching paper
• Mark making.

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

Identify suitable opportunities and subjects for pen and wash drawings
• Demonstrate an understanding of suitable papers and tools to use with washes
• Apply ink and wash techniques.

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

This course is suitable for all levels, however, some drawing experience would be helpful (e.g. on the course 'Drawing 1' or equivalent).

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

The session is studio based – you will work from direct observation.
Examples of techniques and materials will be shown, demonstrated and discussed.
Handouts and contextual images will be used.
A series of short practical activities will be set based around the techniques demonstrated.
These will be supported by one-to-one guidance and an informal review at the close of the session.

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

The course fee covers the basic materials such as cartridge paper and inks. If you have favourite drawing pens etc or would like to use specialist paper then please bring these with you.

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?

progress to Drawing 1 or 2, or Watercolour courses, or more advanced courses such as Extended Drawing for Artists and Makers.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Wonderful opportunity to free yourself of constraints
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/04/2019)
This course is very good for anyone who wants to learn about pen and wash which is a very quick medium useful for quick and expressive sketching. Anyone coming to the class however should be advised to wear old clothes and an apron as India ink if spilled cannot be washed out! The course is also very helpful for anyone who does watercolour.
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Review by Damaris Steele / (Posted on 24/01/2019)
Yes, I would recommend it someone who is starting out using ink, watercolour and pen.
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Review by Yvonne / (Posted on 26/09/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Suzanne Caines

Suzanne Caines is a Canadian Artist, Researcher & Arts Educator who holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. Working within the intersection of painting, drawing, writing and video art she raises questions about cultural heritage, suppressed histories, collective forgetfulness, and identity in the form of muted/mutated witness and reconciliation. Her video works combine archival, photographic and researched materials transformed through digital editing and sound treatment. Having participated in several international residencies and exhibitions including, Extratextual/An international exhibition of contemporary art informed by modes of writing at /Contemporary Calgary, V-Tape, Toronto, Ontario, Banner Repeater, London, UK, The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, X Marks the Bokship, The Nunnery Gallery, London, Transmediale 2006, Berlin and VertexList Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, England; The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, England.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VM940

Please choose a course date 

Fri, day, 06 Mar - 13 Mar '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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