Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VH503
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
Over the course of ten weeks we will develop an understanding of how to use a sketchbook to record information on site and develop work creatively in the studio. The work in the sketchbook could be seen as preparation for a larger scale work or as finished piece in itself.
What will we cover?
You will be encouraged to work with drawing, photography and collage in response to an initial site visit. You will be taught how to visualise and to consider composition, as well as the structure of the sketchbook to create a rich and varied resource. By the end of the course your sketchbook will be seen as a whole, with its own visual qualities that relate to the surface quality and the progression of visual themes.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Make drawings and mixed-media works from observation
- Work experimentally with a range of media
- Gain an understanding of how a sketchbook can be structured to be coherent
- Take inspiration from the work of a variety of artists.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For beginners and advanced students alike.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Individual and group tuition, critiques, group discussions and demonstrations.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a large scale sketchbook (A3 - A2). All other drawing materials are provided. It would be useful to have a camera and to print out pictures taken during the site visit.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The developmental nature of this course can be excellent preparation for application to higher level courses, such as the 'City Lit Fine Art Course', 'Art and Design Foundation Course', or 'Extended Drawing for Artist’s and makers'. The tutor will advise on other related courses within City Lit Visual Arts as appropriate.
I am an artist living and working in London, trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). I have shown in solo and group exhibitions around the UK and in Europe (including the Whitechapel Open and Threadneedle Painting Prize) with work in numerous private collections and featured in Drawing and Painting by Kate Wilson (Thames and Hudson, 2015) For over 30 years I have taught in a wide variety of contexts, lecturing in many British art schools, including Manchester (MA), Cheltenham (BA), Central St Martins, UAL. I have run drawing workshops for Microsoft Seattle, Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, Electronic Arts UK, Vanguard Animation, Tell Me in Mountain View, CA and Kaos Studios (THQ) in New York amongst others. I have also taught renowned opera, television and film directors how to draw (NDAs duly signed) From 2021-22 I was the recipient of an Arts Council England Project Award to conduct research into drawing and the processing of trauma. I have tenure at City Lit where I deliver drawing and painting courses exploring how these activities alter visual perception, with a strong emphasis on thinking through doing.
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.