Ways into abstract drawing
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
Be inspired by the work of a range of abstract artists then develop your own style working from observation, your imagination and other stimuli. Produce finished work or consider how your drawings can be developed further.
What will we cover?
- A variety of drawing techniques that move from the representational to the abstract and where it can take you
- How to work with mark-making, colour, gesture, texture, rhythm, composition and more
- The theories that have inspired abstract art and how your ideas and interests can shape your work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the work and techniques used by a number of abstract artists
- Make drawings inspired by abstract approaches in a variety of media
- Draw with increased confidence
- Incorporate a more explorative, open-minded approach to your artistic practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Intermediate – you should have some drawing experience and be aware of drawing concepts such as line, tone and composition before doing the course. Come with an open mind and a willingness to try new techniques.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Handouts, presentations, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring, and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- Ways into abstract painting
- Colour and abstract design for textiles and surface pattern
- Extended Drawing for artists and Makers - The City Lit one year Avanced Drawing course - VH835 or VH769.
Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.
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.