Sketching at the museum: Tate modern
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: OS - Off Site
Course Code: VH066
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
An introduction to drawing in different parts of Tate Modern. A drawing course where drawing will be explored in its broadest sense by gathering information through image making, research and interpretation. Be challenged to express yourself in novel and fresh ways rather than just copying.
Learn about artists’ working practices and inspirations by directed research through some of the Tate’s curated displays: collage, expressionism, digital art, colour and emotion. Be shown a range of methods of working with different types of media, using both light and shadow, and colour – and experiment in your responses by interpreting and reinterpreting works on display.
This short course provides an opportunity to get started with a sketchbook: you will draw directly from a variety of artworks and art objects, and be shown a range of methods of working with different types of pencil, using both light and shadow, and colour. Meeting place in session 1 will be at the top of the ramp just inside the Turbine Hall entrance. You will then be given a plan by the tutor, to confirm the location of the following sessions in the Gallery.
What will we cover?
Drawing from a variety of objects and sculptures, in different areas of the Gallery, gives you the chance to explore some of the effects that can be achieved in drawing with pencils: such as use of light/shadow to create volume, types of mark-making and expressive/emotive use of colour.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Start to draw from observation a range of artworks
- Investigate different methods of drawing
- Learn to interpret and reinterpret work in the gallery
- Know more about individual artists and their practice/history and art movements in a gallery setting
- Have increased confidence in drawing in public spaces
- Be inspired by works of art in the flesh.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for you if you are a beginner or:
- You want to learn more about how to draw
- You have not used a sketchbook before
- You need more confidence looking at and understanding art
- You’d like to broaden your ideas of what drawing is.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will receive individual guidance with some demonstration and group discussion to enable you to develop your practical work in the sketchbook throughout the course.
You will be encouraged to do some work between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring an A5 or A4 hardbacked Sketchbook, and a selection of graphite pencils, coloured pencils, pens (various thicknesses), any materials that are portable, clean and easy to use in the gallery as well as a camera or phone with a camera.
Guidance on materials will be given if you wish to buy your own equipment after the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit runs a range of drawing courses; such as Drawing 1 and Drawing 2, your tutor will discuss options for progression with you during this course.