Drawing 1 (online)
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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, charcoal, compressed charoal and 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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Learning to look
- Composition and tone
- Light and shade
- Gesture and mark-making
- Putting it all together
- Measurement and relating the subject to eye level.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- 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 A2 Drawing paper not less than 140gsm
-Pencils, should contain 2B and 3B or 4B grade softness
-Compressed black charcoal also called compressed sketching stick, brands such as Seawhite or Daler- Rowney.
-Charcoal- mixed set, 12 pieces
-A4 Starter sketchbook or sketch pad, paper weight around 140gms
- 2 sticks of white compressed charcoal
--A4 Pad of Newsprint or 4 sheets of news print, A1 in week 7
- Small bottles of 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.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
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.
Helen is London-based artist who uses observation as her starting point. Her own paintings develop from a combination of drawings, memory and imagination. She studied Illustration at University of Arts Falmouth and completed the Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School in 2008 where she now also teaches. One aspiration is to make a website so that her work can be easily viewed but there always seems to be something else she would rather be doing - like drawing! She loves the atmosphere of concentration in the life-room. She encourages students to find ways of mark making that are both disciplined and honest - a fine tuning of technique and a deepening of emotional engagement. Helen is a committed Buddhist and her teaching is informed by attitudes and practices from the Buddhist tradition, including meditation. This is especially emphasised in the Drawing and Mindfulness courses. Tutor's instrgram: www.instagram.com/helenkusalasara
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.