Learning through drawing: Tate Modern

Course Dates: 07/02/20 - 28/02/20
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: OS - Off Site
Charles Chambers

Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks, learn and improve your drawing skills through expert guidance in different methods: working from a fascinating range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.


What is the course about?

An introduction to drawing in different parts of Tate Modern. Add extra enjoyment to Friday night Lates at the Tate. A drawing course where drawing will be explored in its broadest sense by gathering information through image making, research and interpretation. Be challenged to express yourself in novel and fresh ways rather than just copying.

Learn about artists’ working practices and inspirations by directed research through some of the Tate’s curated displays: collage, expressionism, genetic art, living cities, colour and emotion. Be shown a range of methods of working with different types of media, using both light and shadow, and colour – and experiment in your responses by interpreting and reinterpreting works on display.

This short course provides an opportunity to get started with a sketchbook: you will draw directly from a variety of artworks and art objects, and be shown a range of methods of working with different types of pencil, using both light and shadow, and colour. Meeting place in session 1 will be at the top of the ramp just inside the Turbine Hall entrance. You will then be given a plan by the tutor, to confirm the location of the following sessions in the Gallery.

What will we cover?

Drawing from a variety of objects and sculptures, in different areas of the Gallery, 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, types of mark-making and a short introduction to colour.

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

- Start to draw from observation a range of artworks
- Investigate different methods of drawing
- Learn to interpret and reinterpret work in the gallery
- Know more about individual artists and their practice/history and art movements in a gallery setting
- Have increased confidence in drawing in public spaces
- Be inspired by works of art in the flesh.

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 looking at and understanding art
- You’d like to broaden your ideas of what drawing is.

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 between sessions.

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

Please bring an A3 Sketchbook, and a selection of graphite pencils, coloured pencils, pens (various thicknesses), as well as a camera or phone with a camera.
Guidance on materials will be given if you wish to buy your own equipment after the first session.

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?

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.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VH066

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 07 Feb - 28 Feb '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £109.00
Concession: £66.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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