What is the course about?
An introduction to drawing in different parts of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This short course provides an opportunity to get started with a sketchbook: you will draw directly from a variety of objects, and be shown different 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 steps just outside the main entrance door to the Victoria and Albert building, this is on Cromwell Road. You will then be given a plan by the tutor, to confirm the location of the following sessions in the Museum.
What will we cover?
Drawing from a variety of objects and sculptures, in different areas of the Museum, 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...
- Draw simple shapes with confidence
- Investigate three methods of drawing
- Achieve confidence to start using a sketchbook
- Start to draw from observation of a range of objects.
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?
Please bring an A4 Sketchbook, - pencils for drawing will be provided.
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.
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