What is the course about?
This course has been devised for textile and mixed media practitioners with various experience who wish to develop a textile sketchbook, to generate visual research and develop creative ideas towards personal projects. Students will be able to observe and understand the concepts behind a range of work from artists, generating ideas in mixed media and stitched textiles. Materials will include pencils, pastels, paint, collage and mixed-media towards the use of more tactile processes such as paper, fabric and stitch. Projects will be structured to promote visual thinking and the creative process.
The use of surface and structure may also be suitable for those involved in related areas of ceramics, applied arts and jewellery.
Students will research subjects and themes - explore materials and techniques – develop and inform ideas towards personal outcomes. By the end of the course students will have a body of work in the sketchbook.
What will we cover?
• Research and the production of visual material and surface treatments for sketchbook use.
• A range of mixed-media techniques, including mark making, drawing, collage (paper, fabric, photographs) and stitch.
• Developing ideas and outcomes from visual starting points.
• What forms can a sketchbook take? How to consider choosing a format and working in a personal way.
• How textile artists have developed ideas – leading to resolved pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Research and collect visual material for use in an individual sketchbook.
• Work with a variety of techniques: mark-making, drawing, mixed-media, surface manipulation and stitch.
• Appreciate and consider a range of work from practitioners
• Explore a range of ideas and outcomes about chosen themes.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some drawing experience will help. However, the course is designed to assist students with more tactile skills to use the experience of drawing, mixed media and stitch to develop ideas.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstration, group discussions, brainstorming, practical work, one to one and group tutorials.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be required to bring one A4 – A3 sketchbook, for the course. Book bound or spiral, portrait or landscape with good quality cartridge paper is appropriate. (Spiral bound books allow for densely textured work). Any other sketchbooks you may have, of a different scale or surface, (such as watercolour) can also be used. All other materials will be supplied, but if you have additional drawing, colour or textile materials you would like to try, please bring them along.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A variety of textile courses are available within the department. Ideas below.
City Lit Textiles: mixed media, VX950 / VX953.
Beginners felt course, VX353
Printed Textiles: the basics VX336
Textiles and surface pattern: designing with collage VX309
Constructed textiles: personal project VX972.
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