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Drawing On Short Course

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Course information

Why do this course?

A course for those who have a little experience of drawing. Drawing On is designed to complement the Drawing for Beginners course, but can be taken as a separate module. Develop your skills of observation and broaden your experience of media, materials and approaches to drawing. You will learn to look more carefully and experiment with greater freedom.

Course description

Kingston University is considered to be at the forefront of investigating the process of drawing. We would like to offer you the opportunity to be part of this stimulating environment. This is the opportunity for you to explore your potential. Expand your knowledge and vision through drawing and initiate your personal drawing language. All ages are welcome and will work together investigating techniques, materials and applications.

Tutors on this course firmly believe that there is no such thing as someone who cannot draw – inspiration and experimentation will lead you to understand how and why artists and designers value drawing in their practice. 

Course structure

Session one: Shape analysis

Aim: To use shapes to convey volume, aid proportion and encourage discovery. Building up a complex form by overlaying simple geometric shapes. We will use animals as subject matter.

Session two: Perspective (1): The square

Aim: To develop a theoretical and practical understanding of one and two point perspective. We will look at a series of step by step exercises demonstrating the application and basic rules of perspective, starting with drawing cubes from different angles before progressing to drawing a building.

Session three: Perspective (2): The circle

Aim: To develop a theoretical and practical understanding of drawing circles in perspective. Understanding the principles and developing the manual dexterity required to draw confident and accurate ellipses. Students will apply their understanding to a simple still life which may include bottles, vases, cups and plates.

Session four: Composition

Aim: To consider how an image is "framed" (ie what happens at the edges) and using a gridded viewfinder to help placement. Using a viewfinder to select areas of a still life set up. Experimenting with unusual formats and using thumbnail sketches to plan a composition.

Session five: Distortrait: Portrait with a difference

Aim: An opportunity to produce a drawing involving more creative interpretation and with an unexpected outcome.

What to bring

The following items will be needed, please bring to first session:

  • A2 cartridge paper drawing pad (preferably tear out rather than ring bound).
  • A4 sketchbook, either hardback book or pad.
  • Selection of pencils from HB to 6B ( at least).
  • Willow charcoal.
  • Putty rubber.
  • Drawing board, slightly larger than A2 – the best option is to get some MDF cut at Homebase, but any large, reasonably rigid board will do eg estate agent's "For sale" sign.
  • Ruler, 30cm minimum.
  • Selection of dry drawing materials eg conte crayons, charcoal pencils, pastels, crayons, felt tips, graphite sticks etc (bring what you can, I can give advice on this).
  • Scissors.
  • Masking tape.
  • Scalpel or Stanley type knife with spare blades.
  • Fixative or cheap hairspray.

The following items are optional. None of the below are essential so bring only if you own already. Further advice will be given at the first session:

  • Bulldog clips – these would be useful and the larger the better. Previous students have found Sussex Stationers do the best size.
  • A selection of extra drawing materials you may already own, eg conte crayons, graphite sticks, chinagraph crayons, felt tips, compressed charcoal, biros.
  • An A4 sketchbook for homework and/or note taking. 

Course tutors

Emily Burton

Booking information

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