What is the course about?
- Creating drawings made from observation
- Developing a greater understanding of composition, space and form
- Exploring how composition and scale can be used to alter the meaning of work
- Providing stimulating starting points to enable the development of line, tone and mark making
- Gaining confidence and encouraging experimentation
- Looking at how contemporary artists work with space and form.
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?
Space and Form.
Space referring to;
a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied.
- the dimensions of height, depth, and width within which all things exist and move.
Space, as one of the classic seven elements of art, refers to the distances or areas around, between, and within components of a piece of work.
and Form In relation to art has two meanings: it can refer to the overall form taken by the work – its physical nature; or within a work of art it can refer to the element of shape among the various elements that make up a work
Be introduced to new approaches when drawing the spaces and forms around you
- Create compositions that use repeated forms and underlying structures
- Explore different scales of working
- Explore Line, tone and mark making
- Create visual narratives using collaged drawings and folded forms
The course will have a daily focus that builds as the week progresses.
Day 1 Line
Day 2 Tone
Day 3 Location
Day 4 Light
Day 5 Scale
Day 6 Narrative.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an awareness of space and form when planning a composition
- Recognise the use of compositional structure
- Use a range of approaches to mark making
- Use at least two strategies to plan and develop drawings
- Identify how three+ contemporary artists work with space and form as part of their practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those with some drawing experience (e.g. on the courses 'Drawing 1' or Drawing 2 or Drawing continued at City Lit). It is also suitable as a bridging course for those who have completed any of the City Lit advanced course programme and as a refresher for those returning to classes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The sessions will take place online via Zoom (you will need to download the Zoom app before the first class); they will generally comprise of;
- Presentations and discussion
- Demos and practical tasks set as exercises which you complete individually
- Informal reviews and the setting of homework tasks
Examples of techniques and materials will be shown, demonstrated and discussed. Handouts and images of artists work will be used to introduce the practical activities. These practical activities will be set using a variety of techniques designed to help you break out of old habits and extend your skills. Practical work will involve drawing from observation whilst using a variety of materials including graphite, charcoal, and ink. These will be supported by one-to-one guidance and an informal review at the close of the session.
Homework/preparation tasks are an integral part of the course – it is recommended that you try to spend at least 3 hrs between each session completing them in order to make the most of the taught sessions. They will vary but will include; artist research tasks, a short written task, practical exercises, sourcing/ using found materials and spaces from your domestic environment, photographing and uploading completed work to google classroom for class reviews.(The course will have its own Google classroom which will be used for; class communication, as a repository for class resources, including handouts, shared research suggestions, classwork etc. After enrolment you will be given codes to access this).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
As this is an online course you will need to have a suitable working space eg. a well lit desk/table top and somewhere to put completed work/ work in progress. A mobile phone with a camera.
You will need to source the materials you need to use on the course and we will be working with basic materials and standard and non-standard tools and you can work in monochrome.
These are not high cost materials eg. A good supply of cartridge paper, a few sheets of tracing paper, or white greaseproof paper, used cardboard boxes, pencils various, graphite sticks, charcoal, rubbers various, wax crayons/candles, drawing ink, black and white acrylic paint, paintbrushes/ sticks/ old toothbrushes, sponges, scissors, craft knife, celotape, glue etc)
You will be supplied with a full materials list on enrolment.A computer or laptop with a fully updated browser google chrome browser works best.
-Headphones with microphones to block out all noise in sessions
-Or your device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
-You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions start.?
-You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Have a browse of our art and design pages to see our array of courses in drawing, painting and mixed media.