Thinking through drawing: British Museum
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: OS - Off Site
Course Code: VH037
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
A great introduction to drawing in different parts of the British Museum.
This short course provides an opportunity to get started with a sketchbook: you will draw directly from a variety of objects, and be shown different methods of working with different types of pencil, using both light and shadow, and colour.
*PLEASE NOTE: The meeting place for session 1 is be at the top of the steps just outside the main entrance door to the British Museum (the gates to the main entrance forecourt are on Great Russell Street). You will then be given a plan by the tutor, to confirm the location of the following sessions in the Museum.
What will we cover?
- Drawing from a variety of objects and sculptures, in different areas of the Museum.
- Giving 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 a short introduction to colour.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Draw simple shapes with confidence
- Investigate three methods of drawing
- Achieve confidence to start using a sketchbook
- Start to draw directly from observation of artefacts and sculpture.
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 drawing different things
- You’d like to explore different ways of sketchbook drawing.
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 in the sketchbook between the class sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- Please bring an A5 Sketchbook - preferably hardbacked
- Some drawing materials - ie pencils will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress on to more advanced drawing courses or other courses within the Art and Design department - please see the Drawing and Painting section of our course guide and website for more details.
Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to mariolautiervella.com
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.