Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Off Site
Course Code: VM070
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
An introduction to sketching in different areas of The National Gallery. Drawing will be explored in its broadest sense by gathering information through image making, research and interpretation. Enjoy the challenge of expressing yourself in fresh ways through a personal response to the collections and in discussion with the group.
Explore a range of approaches with a variety of drawing media, using experimental mark-making, shape, form, light and shadow and colour to interpret the paintings on display.
Meeting place will be outside the entrance to National Gallery. There is more than one entrance so
please meet at the entrance to the RIGHT of the steps on Trafalgar Square: the door is at the right side of the
building (near to the entrance to the National Café which is on the corner of Charing Cross Road, just before the
entrance to the National Portrait Gallery). You will then be given a plan by the tutor, to confirm the location of the
next session in the Gallery. Please be on time as the tutor can only wait for max 15 mins - please contact Visual Arts if you are running late.
The tutor will have your phone numbers in case they need to get in touch in an emergency.
What will we cover?
Drawing from a variety of paintings, from different eras and painted in different styles, gives you the chance to
explore some of the effects that can be achieved in drawing such as shape, form, use of light/shadow to create
volume, and types of mark-making. You will also have a brief introduction to colour.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make quick sketches of a range of artworks from observation
- Investigate different methods of drawing
- Interpret work in the collections through visual research
- Sketch with greater confidence in public space.
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 day.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring an A5 or A4 size sketchbook preferably one that opens out flat. Drawing pencils eg HB 2B, 3B, 4B, eraser, pencil sharpener, coloured pencils and/or any other colour materials eg felt tips/pastel pencils etc Please note that scissors, craft knives and some permanent markers are prohibited in the gallery.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Sketchbook: Ideas, materials, techniques
50 Drawings in a day
Contemporary Drawing Studio.