How to draw: structure and markmaking in drawing

Course Dates: 29/09/21 - 20/10/21
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Online
Explore the creative possibilities of drawing, gain confidence and broaden your expectations and understanding. Learn and develop the key drawing concepts line tone proportion composition and mark making through a carefully structured approach.
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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00

Course Code: VO171

Wed, day, 29 Sep - 20 Oct '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

A series of experiments and drawing exercises will introduce you to ways of seeing. You will explore drawing by observation, using proportion, observational measuring and line. We explore how to apply tone, use gestural drawing and mark making to create form in pencils, charcoal and other drawing materials. The experience can then be applied to a range of specialist subjects that use drawing skills to support and explore creativity. This short course for beginners can be studied on its own or as part of our trio of online drawing modules. Other online drawing modules include Drawing: Perspective, scale and direction and Drawing: Research, sources and inspiration.

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?

- What is drawing, Learning to look and principles of observation
- How to set-up and structure a drawing. Measuring by eye techniques
- Working with composition and building tone
- Gesture and mark-making.

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

- Draw more accurately from observation
- Draw using tone to establish and create solidity of form
- Draw using line, gesture and mark making
- 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 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 course is structured to build off four main units, not necessarily in this order:
1: Learning to look, Drawing by observation; Making a composition; Measuring by eye, Proportion
2: Tone and Monochrome: Describing form using tone
3: Composition: Structure, negative space, edges
4: Continuous line, Gestural drawing and mark making.

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

You need either a drawing board, no smaller than A3, 2 chairs of which one with backrest to lean the drawing board against; a table on which to place your own small 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
-Pencils, should contain 2B and 3B or 4B grade softness
-Colour pencils
-Masking tape
-Compressed black charcoal also called compressed sketching stick, brands such as Seawhite or Daler- Rowney.
-Charcoal- mixed set

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 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-

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 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.