What is the course about?
On this practical course you will research the drawing tools of artists who use mark-making in their work. You will explore a number of materials and techniques to gain experience, and allow you to introduce these approaches into your drawing repertoire.
You will be encouraged to play with some drawing mediums used for mark-making and texture; including charcoal and black ink. With these materials you will study how artists use rhythm, pattern, and light and shade in their drawings.
The structure of the course is ideal for beginners who wish to research some techniques to enrich their personal artwork. We will cover the basics of using charcoal and drawing ink for students who are new to exploring these mediums.
The session will involve a look at the work of some artists, followed by demonstrations of techniques, and the opportunity for you to start exploring these processes. Your personal creative responses will begin to make a unique library of marks and patterns.You will be encouraged to share your work and participate in presentations to the class.
By the end of the course you will have an increased awareness of mark-making and drawing in artists work, created a number of experimental pieces of work, and learnt some new skills to practice and explore at home.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Materials that artists may use when drawing and mark-making.
• Looking at some artists approaches to using these materials.
• The technical process of starting to use drawing inks and charcoal.
• Making a simple library of marks in response to the artists studied.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Utilise charcoal and ink to expressively introduce mark making into personal practice.
• Demonstrate an understanding of how artists may develop drawings using mark-making.
• Appreciate how artists use drawing techniques to introduce rhythm, pattern, and light and shade
• Look at, and take inspiration from, the work and practice of a number of artists.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
• You should be computer literate
• 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?
• You will be taught online.
• You will need a space to carry out the drawing exercises.
• You may wish to complete some of the drawing projects after the course has ended.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• Charcoal stick
• A small selection of drawing pencils pencils.
• An eraser.
• Roll of masking tape.
• Black drawing ink.
• Mixture of brushes; big, small, old and new.
• Selection of mark-making materials that you don’t mind getting messy; e.g; roller, twigs, ruler, comb.
• Pieces of A4 white paper; a variety of weights and types.
• An example of an artist whose drawings you admire; a book, a postcard, a magazine-cutting.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
• This course is an ideal companion to Looking Art Artists – Focus on Colour and Looking Art Artists – Focus on Landscape
• Drawing courses.
• Painting with inks courses.
• Digital design courses.