What is the course about?
The aim of the course is to go back to basics and to learn the skill of creating repeat patterns, both on paper and
fabric. It is a very hands-on and creative course, exploring fun and fast ways to build pattern by hand. This will
include studying straight repeats, drop repeats, mirror repeats and complex repeats.
Good pattern has a natural flow and rhythm, and is often achieved using a structured system of grids and guides. The course will take you through the step-by-step process of building patterns on paper, using many tricks of the trade.
In the first sesion you will work on paper and in the second session you will develop an idea to print on to textiles using blocks. By the end of the two days you should have a range of basic pattern samples on paper and fabric. Understanding repeat pattern are a very important skill for surface pattern design, as it enables you to cover a whole surface with a seamless design.
What will we cover?
The course will be very practical and hands on. We will start by block printing basic patterns and building them up into a
number of different types repeats. On the first day we will use print blocks, drawings, tracing paper, photocopies, cutting and sticking and printing to create the basic patterns. This making process gives you the best understanding of pattern structure. At the end of the day you will develop one drawing or print into a large complex repeat design. Between the classes you will encouraged to develop your designs further, using the skills you learnt.
On the second day we will chose your favourite motif or designs to develop into a textile print. You will create simple print blocks, to block print a pattern on to fabric, using different colours and basic techniques. You will finish the course with basic pattern samples on paper and fabric.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how to create repeat designs on paper
- Understand different types of repeats including: straight repeats, drop repeats, mirror repeats and complex
- Feel confident to create your own designs
- Produce printed repeat design on paper and fabric using blocks
- Feel inspired to take the skills forward into your work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for complete beginners and students with a textile and/or design background. The patterns can also be applied to other surfaces, such as glass, ceramics and jewellery and the course is also suitable for students of those disciplines. Even if you have a background in textile design, this course will be of use to you.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including demonstrations, practical exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. You will be set homework to do between the classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Sketchbook or scrapbook of drawings, ideas and visual inspiration. Basic drawing and printing materials provided but you may want to bring in more specific items.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is aimed to give you skills that can be transferred into surface pattern design ideas and you can further apply your study of pattern on one of our many City Lit applied arts courses including textiles, jewellery, print making and ceramics. You can also use it for digital textile design and move on to Designing textiles using photoshop: stage 1.
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