The complete drawing course for beginners

Course Dates: 12/10/22 - 14/12/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding of the subject. Learn and develop key drawing concepts: function of line, tone, texture, form, composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach. This course will be taught online.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £214.00

Course Code: VO160

Wed, eve, 12 Oct - 14 Dec '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

A series of structured experiments and drawing exercises will introduce you to ways of seeing and provide you with a real insight into what is drawing and how drawing can be used for all creative, personal and well-being purposes. You will explore line, tone, shape, form and mark-making using pencil, willow charcoal, compressed charcoal or chalk. The experience can then be applied to a range of specialist subjects that use drawing skills to support and explore creativity.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Composition and tone
- Light and shade
- Gesture and mark-making
- Putting it all together
- Simple use of perspective
- Measurement and relating the subject to eye level.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Learning to look
- Composition and tone
- Light and shade
- Gesture and mark-making
- Putting it all together
- Simple use of perspective
- Measurement and relating the subject to eye level.

- Plan a composition and understand spatial relationships
- Draw more accurately from observation
- Draw using tone to establish structure and create solidity of form
- Draw using line and gesture
- Start to develop a personal approach to drawing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a course for beginners. No experience is necessary.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use the internet.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Handouts, presentations, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, and group discussion. The course is taught online. You will be asked to set up simple still live compositions to support your studies. Recommendations for this will be available in advance on Google Classroom
It is a structured course build of five main units:
1: Drawing by Observation; Making a composition; Measuring, Proportion, Tone, Negative space
2: Gesture and mark making; Analytical drawing- finding geometric shapes in any object, Light and Shade
3: Perspective, Form, Foreshortening, Sketchbook use
4: Texture and mark making, Expression, Simple collage, Experimentation
5: Putting it all together, building on drawing fundamentals; Reduction tone drawing; Tone and colour.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You need either drawing board, not smaller than A2, 2 chairs of which one with backrest to lean the drawing board against; a table on which to place your own still lives and laptop with camera; Alternatively, a wall space and table (see above) and chair or stool to place drawing materials on. We recommend a well-lit space.

Which drawing materials do I need for the class?
- A Pad of A3 Drawing paper not less than 140gsm
- 5 sheets of A2 drawing paper. Those can each be taped together from 2 sheets of A3.
- A4 Starter sketchbook or sketch pad, paper weight around 140gms
-Pencils, should contain 2B and 3B or 4B grade softness
-Compressed black charcoal also called compressed sketching stick or black pastel, brands such as Seawhite or Daler- Rowney.
-Willow Charcoal- often available as mixed set containing different thickness of willow sticks.
-Colour pencils
-Masking tape
- glue stick to stick paper onto paper ( ‘Pritt Stick ‘or ‘UHU stick’ etc.etc)
- 1 stick of white chalk
-A4 Pad of Newsprint or 4 sheets of news-print, A1 in week 7, Alternatively thin printer paper, ca 70gms or 80gms.
- A small bottle of black or coloured ink and brushes

What computer equipment do I need for the class?
You will need the following:
A laptop, PC, or a tablet.
A smartphone to photograph and share photos of your work with your tutor
A stable internet connection
An up-to-date web browser. This is a software on your computer that helps you go on the Internet. We recommend that you use Google Chrome or Firefox.
A webcam - this is normally part of your laptop or tablet. If you are using a desktop PC, you may need to have an external webcam.
A microphone - this is normally part of your laptop or tablet. If you are using a desktop PC, you may need to have an external microphone.
Speakers or headphones.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course naturally leads onto 'Drawing 2'. You are encouraged to attend both courses to gain maximum benefit. You may also wish to go on to 'Develop your Drawing' or focus your drawing skills on Life drawing or portraiture.

Ute Kreyman

Ute works in sculpture, drawing, photography and print. She exhibits in the UK and abroad, including shows in Janus Avivson- Paris, Gallery Unwahr- Berlin, The Watermans Art Centre, National Trust, The Round Chapel- London, St Pancras Chambers and She is interested in 'Art and Landscape' and has collaborated with other artists in this area. Residencies and public art include ‘SelfScapes’ in Dalby Forest, an artistic research project with catalyst funding from York St John University; Hurlingham and Chelsea School - ACAVA;Winton School- The Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust. Publications: Kate Wilson, Drawing and Painting Materials and Techniques, 2015; The E list,Winter.No 55. Work reviews include: Time Out by Martin Herbert; Catalogue Essay by Tom Mc Carthy. Ute worked as Trustee member of Shoreditch Town Hall Trust and as gallery curator, Tram Depot Gallery. Ute has over 10 years of experience teaching in Further and Adult Education, on the Art and Design Foundation Diploma; Developing Art Practice; EDAM and The City Lit interior design course, specialising in sculpture - 3D, drawing and colour. Qualifications: MAFA and PGCE

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.