Mixed media and drawing projects 2
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Please note that if you are a progressing student from mixed media and drawing projects 1 (VB640A) you will have the opportunity to continue developing your ideas in greater depth alongside being introduced to new projects.
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Course Code: VB640B
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
Working with a diverse range of structured projects, materials and techniques, learners will explore ideas that are developed in many different exciting and personal directions. Working experimentally through different themes and expressive mediums, both two and three dimensionally, these on-going experiences and learnt techniques, will open up many visual possibilities for you, and as route to personal self expression. Projects are introduced with relevant subject links to Contemporary and Historic Artists, so that learners can develop an understanding of other artists’ personal inspiration.
The course focusses on mixed media work and drawing as a means to:
- Developing personal ideas, through the experience of using different materials and techniques, as a form of self expression and experimentation.
- Exploring diverse approaches to observational drawing, using different mark-making materials and techniques, as well as a diverse range of imagery - Life drawing, and exciting objects.
- Gaining confidence in self expression, through experimenting and working with expressive, diverse materials, and subjects that inspire.
- Understanding how unconventional materials and techniques, can create unique and exciting sculptural forms.
- Understanding the importance of an initial inspirational starting point, that can instigate and develop personal creative ideas.
What will we cover?
The Course centres around a timetable of diverse and stimulating projects, that explore drawing, collage, painting and 3 dimensional work. This includes observational drawing and life drawing, using different mediums and techniques. Mono-printing, and the investigation and experimentation of texture, mark-making and colour. This will combine to create expressive drawings as well as collage work. Sculptural forms will be constructed using diverse materials and techniques. Artist Books will be constructed, and on-going sketchbook development encouraged.
You will learn what can be achieved, through honing different visual skills, techniques and expressive approaches, and how personal ideas can emerge through each project.
Technique demonstrations will include – drawing - through diverse materials and techniques, collage, mono-printing, colour theory and colour mixing, book constructions, paper and mixed media manipulation, and techniques for constructing sculptural forms.
As this Course also concerns Contemporary practices and ideas, relevant Contemporary and historic artists’ work will be introduced at the beginning of projects, through power-point shows, and artist books. As such you can expect to be stimulated and challenged by some of the ideas and images discussed.
For learners applying for Art Course interviews, help and advice will be given to prepare their work folders.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have a broad understanding of the diversity of mixed media and relevant drawing methods, and gain confidence in working with these materials, for further self expression.
- Demonstrate drawing skills using a variety of techniques and materials
- Gain confidence and enjoyment in the endless possibilities of material experimentations, both two and three dimensionally.
- Take part in group crits, and develop confidence in expressing personal thoughts when reflecting on creative work and ideas
- Demonstrate knowledge of the works of historical and contemporary artists
- Produce a diverse portfolio of project work in 2D and 3D for personal enjoyment, or to apply for a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or another Course of your choice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at students with some previous experience in art, and aims to build a portfolio of ideas and work for future courses and study. This is ideal for any student who may be considering progression onto a Foundation Diploma or equivalent further education course/ Degree in art and design. Many students take this course for enjoyment and as an opportunity to simply explore different ideas and methods and develop skills and creative work. Students will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English, as projects and health and safety information will involve written briefs and guidance. You will be invited to take part in group discussions, and reflect on your work and ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Students are taught through group and individual tuition, as well as on going demonstrations. The Course is structured around creative projects, where each project ideas are introduced through group discussions, online handouts, power point presentations, artists books, and demonstrations. At the end of each project, the group reflects on experiences learnt.
An online project timetable will be provided at the start of the Course. Projects will also introduce relevant artists that can be researched in external London galleries, libraries and online. On-going creative support throughout the Course is provided through a variety of visual reference materials, including online hand-outs, power point presentations, artist books and exhibition information.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course provides a wide selection of essential materials and equipment necessary for the completion of tasks and projects. You may however need to collect certain materials for your individual needs. As all projects are introduced prior to the day’s activities, some projects will require you to prepare and bring in relevant materials or visual research.
Ruth Studied Ceramics at Harrow College of Art, and MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art. From 1978 Ruth began as Art College lecturer, where she discovered her great love of teaching. In 1982 she began teaching regularly at Camberwell College of Art, on the Foundation and Degree Courses, and in 2002 she moved to City Lit, where she has been teaching regularly on Ceramic and Mixed Media Courses. Inspired by the expressive qualities of different mediums and techniques, Ruth’s work has moved from hand-built clay forms, to mixed-media sculptures, sewing, collage and drawing. Looking at personal experiences for inspiration, Ruth has been making sculptures inspired by her family history and professions. Ruth’s teaching aims to ignite students’ own personal expression, through diverse set projects, expressive materials used, and techniques taught. On-going encouragement of students’ strengths, enables confidence and self belief to develop. Ruth has exhibited extensively, and has her work in several Art Collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Crafts Council, London. Website: www.ruth-franklin.co.uk Instagran: ruthfranklin_artist
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.