Sketching at the museum: Tate Britain

Course Dates: 13/07/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Off Site
Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: practice and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic artworks at Tate Britain.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00

Course Code: VH986

Thu, day, 13 Jul - 13 Jul '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

An introduction to sketching in different areas of Tate Britain. 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 artworks on display.

Meeting place will be on Millbank just inside the main gallery entrance. Please be on time, the tutor can only wait max 15 mins for latecomers, please let Visual Arts know 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 artworks, from different eras and art movements, gives you the chance to
explore some of the effects that can be achieved in drawing such as use of light/shadow to create
volume, and a range 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 from museum collections
- You have not used a sketchbook before
- You need more confidence sketching in public space
- You’d like to explore different apparoaches to using a sketchbook.

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.

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones has been teaching painting and drawing for 17 years, predominantly on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at London College of Fashion and at Oaklands College in St Albans. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and has been practicing as an artist for over twenty years. He is a painter working mainly in oil paint and mixed media on canvas. His work is informed by the urban and rural landscape and ideas of utopia, dystopia and the sublime. He is currently a fellow at Digswell arts and was shortlisted for the Beep Painting Prize (2022), John Moores Painting Prize (2020) and awarded the Contemporary Arts Trust Prize (2019). Stuart exhibits nationally, has work in numerous private collections and his work has been loaned to MGM Studios, Paramount British Pictures and the BBC. For more information please visit:

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