How to draw: developing research and inspiration in drawing
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO173
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
A series of experiments and drawing exercises will introduce you inspiring approaches to drawing backed by research and exploring different sources and materials. You will work with oil and chalk pastels; draw from secondary sources such as photographs and explore collage; start to work into a sketchbook and develop drawings from individual research, supported by your tutor.
The experience can then be applied to a range of specialist subjects that use drawing skills to support and explore creativity. This short online module for beginners can be studied on its own or as part of a trio of online drawing modules. Other modules include Drawing: Looking, structuring and mark-making and Drawing: Perspective, scale and direction.
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?
- Colour in drawing, introduction to working with pastels
- Using photographs for inspiration and sectioning, selecting parts for drawing
- Exploring collaging and drawing. Bringing multiple images together
-Using a sketchbook as research diary/journal
- Developing a final drawing, consolidating your research and how to start a drawing project.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Work with colour in drawing and demonstrate how to use pastels as a drawing medium
- Develop personal work, inspired by a range of secondary sources
- Use sketches to research own drawing ideas
- Start to develop a personal approach to drawing with confidence.
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 read numbers and do simple calculations. You should be able to use the internet.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Handouts on Google Classroom, 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
This online module is structured to build on four main units, not necessarily in this order:
1: Colour in drawing, using of oil and chalk pastels
2: Drawing from secondary sources and using collage
3: practice the use of a sketchbook to research own drawing subjects
4: Consolidate a drawing build on individual research using concepts such as composition negative space, line, tone, gesture and mark making.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a drawing board, not smaller than A3, a table on which to place your drawing board and laptop with camera; a surface on which you can place a small still live. 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?
-An A3 Starter sketchbook, paper weight around 140gms
Pad of A3 Drawing paper around 140gms
-Pencils, should contain 2B and 3B or 4B grade softness
- Colour pencils
- Oil pastels and chalk pastels, such as a mini pastel set
- Small bottle of PVA glue or a Pritt stick
- Masking tape
- Small bottle of black ink
- Fine brush, such as size 6
-- Gouache paint three primary colours, red, yellow, blue, white and black -
Optional but not essential:
-Compressed black charcoal also called compressed sketching stick, brands such as Seawhite or Daler- Rowney.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue to focus on particular drawing skills with our selected online drawing modules or move into painting online. Alternatively you may wish to continue learning drawing for a longer duration with our 10 week Drawing 1 course. For all course details and a full range of options please visit our website.
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 studio1.1.london. 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.