Drawing for beginners: intensive
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VM132
Available start dates
Duration: 3 sessions
What is the course about?
This course enables students with little or no experience to explore the activity of drawing at a basic level, from initial experimental mark-making to simple use of tone and composition. What previous students liked most about their course:
"A great start for a beginner! Felt encouraged and supported."
"Atmosphere. Ability to try something new in a safe environment."
"Learning something creative and getting plenty of encouragement."
What previous students liked most about their course:
What will we cover?
The course starts with experimental forays into mark-making and its effects. You will move on to explore the representation of basic forms and the effect of light on them, considering basic tone and composition in the process.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Show a basic understanding of the use and effects of a variety of drawing materials.
- Show a basic understanding of tone and composition.
- Use drawing to investigate varied subject matter.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at those with no or little previous drawing experience.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations, group and one-to-one discussion, individual guidance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are included.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Drawing 1 or Painting 1 would be ideal follow-on courses. Alternatively, you may wish to try life drawing, portraiture, or a sketchbook course. Your tutor will be happy to advise you regarding which course would be a suitable next step.
Andrea studied Drawing at Camberwell College and textiles at Morley College, where she also did her teacher training. She has a passion for the macabre and much of her recent practice has focused on drawing animal skulls and skeletons. She has a particular interest in comparative anatomy which led her to devise the Anatomical Life and Portrait Drawing courses at City Lit. Observational drawing is at the core of her practice and she uses it as a means of recording the world around her, be it the clutter of the studio, a music gig or a specimen in a museum. Andrea has an energetic approach to teaching. She is highly communicative and strives to create a positive group dynamic whilst being sensitive to the needs of individual students. This has been enriched by her extensive experience as a life model which she has used as a unique opportunity to observe first-hand the teaching methods and creative processes of many artists and has applied this knowledge to develop her own distinctive teaching style. Examples of her work can be found at www.instagram.com/voiseydrawing
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.