Develop a textile sketchbook
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VX340
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a short course to inspire you to use your sketchbook creatively and productively. By working through ideas using range of media, techniques and exercises, you will develop interesting imagery that could be interpreted into many different textile areas, from print to weave, embroidery to interiors and fashion.
What will we cover?
• How to get initial ideas and develop them into personal designs through a variety of practical process
• How to use various mixed media, paints, oil pastels, simple print, collage, to develop and generate imagery.
• Using colour, texture, line, shape and space for mood
• How other people use sketchbooks and develop ideas
• Considering how to apply design onto specific shapes or items (shawl, rug, cushion etc).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Gather and develop textile imagery from a primary source though to more resolved designs
• Use various media and techniques to generate ideas
• Make links between your practice and that of other professional designers
• Evaluate and understand the strengths in your work and how to move ideas on
More experienced students will:
• -Expand on and combine processes to design a collection of paper designs that could be applied to specific items.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience that want to improve their understanding of how to use a sketchbook effectively and experience how to use mixed media within the design process.
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.
Experienced students may utilize the course as a means of enhancing their means of personal expression.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• You will have group demonstrations backed up with hand outs and where appropriate, samples.
• There will be practical exercises with one to one support and tutorials
• Informal group discussions and sharing of work.
• Powerpoint presentations and a Pinterest page for you to access.
You are encouraged to do some work outside of sessions such as like collecting up some images, finishing off something started in class or thinking about what has made your work interesting (evaluation).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Access to basic materials and resources are available as part of your course. You may wish to make your design work more individual by, bringing extra materials like coloured papers, brushes, paint sets. It is likely that you will need to take some photocopies.
You will need to buy a sketchbook with good quality cartridge paper preferably A3 and with not too many pages Daler do a graduate sketchbook that is inexpensive, you can get them from most art shops. If we get lots of work done you may even need two books!!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a selection of courses in Textiles and Contemporary Crafts for beginners to advanced learners and professional practitioners. You may wish to consider City Lit Textiles, Textiles: basics for beginners or Introduction to Digitally Printed Textiles. Please browse the website to view our upcoming courses.
Louise is a practicing Textile Artist exhibiting work throughout Britain, Europe and Japan. She is a member of the 62 group of Textile artists, Made in Britain and you can usually see Louise’s work at Contemporary Applied Arts in London. Louise work can range from large machine and hand stitch wall pieces to small mixed media constructions and collages. Louise has been teaching for nearly thirty years on various Degrees, Foundation courses and for the last 10 year at the City Lit. She is proud to have seen so many students develop into such fantastic independent artist/designers. Louise lives, teaches and makes art in London.
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.