Looking at artists: drawing and markmaking

Course Dates: 06/07/23
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
A beginners chance to explore artists use of mark-making and texture to convey ideas, place and emotions. Experiment with techniques using black ink, pencil and charcoal, and create a unique collection of drawing references.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00

Course Code: VH059

Thu, day, 06 Jul - 06 Jul '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

On this course you will research the drawing tools of artists who utilise mark-making and texture in their work.You will use a variety of materials and techniques to gain practical experience, and learn to introduce these approaches into your drawing repertoire.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

You will be encouraged to explore a number of drawing mediums used for mark-making and texture; including charcoal and black ink. With these materials we will study how artists use rhythm, pattern, and light and shade in their drawings. Methods for creating texture in drawings will be researched, including the use of collage.

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

Utilise charcoal, ink, and collage to expressively introduce mark making and texture to into drawings.
Demonstrate an understanding of how to develop drawings using mark-making or texture.
Look at, and take inspiration from, the work and practice of a variety of artists.

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

Beginner level course.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information.
You will be invited to take part in group discussions.

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

Short introductions to exercises, practical work, one-to-one tutoring, handouts, group discussion and demonstrations.

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

Please bring an example of an artist whose drawings you admire; the example could be a book/postcard/magazine-cutting (not on your phone).
All basic drawing materials are provided.

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

Drawing 1 or 2 or one of many other City Lit drawing courses depending on your level.

Lara Mantell

Lara is a printed textile designer, with a passion for colour, pattern and mark-making. She holds a degree in Fashion and Textile design from Brighton University, and a PgCert in teaching adults. Lara draws inspiration for her designs from landscapes, gardens and foliage. Her colourful and joyful hand-printed fabrics are lyrical and abstracted representations of this environment. She has sold work to major fashion brands, printed scarfs and hangings, and exhibited her intricately printed designs. Lara uses her eclectic repertoire of print, dye and design knowledge to research contemporary printing with natural dyes. These experimental prints inform and shape her current professional practice. Lara is a founding member of Ceres; an eco- conscious trio who collaborate on environmental and sustainable design projects. Lara enjoys sharing her creative ideas; and is short course tutor at University of the Arts London, West Dean College, and other education venues. At City Lit, she teaches a range of specialist courses that include; shibori and indigo, drawing for textile design, dye techniques, and natural dye printing.

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.