What is the course about?
This course will provide guidance on sketchbook drawing, to get you started with pencils and charcoal, using black & white and colour to represent different subjects in different ways.
What will we cover?
Drawing from a variety of subjects, including some still-life and some city/landscape, gives you the opportunity to explore some drawing effects such as light/shadow to create volume, and types of mark-making. You will also be given brief introductions to colour and perspective, which could then be followed up in a further course.
Using a sketchbook enables you to make studies of your subjects and explore different drawing techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Start to draw contrasting shapes with confidence
- Use and explore three different drawing methods
- Achieve confidence to draw in a sketchbook
- Start to draw different subjects from direct observation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for you if you are a beginner to drawing, or if you:
- want to learn more about drawing
- have not used a sketchbook before
- need more confidence drawing different subjects
- would like to try out 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 brief demonstrations, and some 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?
Sketchbooks and basic drawing materials will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your work by joining further sketchbook courses. Alternatively, you may wish to develop your observational drawing skills on our Drawing 1 course, Introduction to Perspective or Life Drawing. Your tutor can give you individual advice about other course options.
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