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Five-day Experimental Drawing Workshop

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Course description

This five-day experimental drawing course is an exciting and dynamic series of drawing workshops designed to build confidence in observation, bold and fluid mark-making, use of colour, and working between different media. On this course you will explore drawing in many different forms ranging from the figure, drawing on location, still life and abstracted forms. Each workshop will be fast-paced, with the emphasis on creativity and immediacy rather than preciousness. This energetic style is designed to allow participants to get the most from five days of intensive drawing practice, giving participants maximum opportunity to work through common drawing struggles and build on successes!

This course is suitable for all levels of ability: those looking to expand their drawing repertoire, push themselves out of their comfort zone, or gain experience and confidence in a new drawing practice. By the end of the course you will have built up a rich and exciting portfolio of drawing that could be used as part of an application or personal portfolio.

Example course structure

  • Day 1: Life drawing
    Introduction to confident mark making and observation in relation to form and shape of the figure.
  • Day 2: Location drawing
    You'll be exploring Kingston, capturing the urban environment and the people within it. Using drawing as a tool to capture a portrait of a place.
  • Day 3: Self portrait
    Using ourselves and each other as models. This class will look at scale and imaginative exaggeration as ways to build on observational skills.
  • Day 4: Colour and still life
    Understanding creative and bold use of colour in the context of both observed and imagined images.
  • Day 5: Making it big!
    Gain confidence in creating large scale images. A day that brings together all skills learnt over the 5 days, culminating in exciting, dynamic and unexpected images.

What to bring

A basic list will be sent to you a week in advance of the course start date. All other materials are provided by Kingston School of Art (KSA).

Course tutors

This course is taught by artist Josh Armitage who is also a visiting lecturer and drawing instructor on the BA Illustration Animation course at KSA.

Booking information

We aim to be fully compliant with government health and safety guidelines whilst running short courses at Kingston University.

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (e.g. for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

As an educational institution fees for our open short courses do not attract VAT.

Please contact us for further information and future dates of this course.

Related courses

Kingston School of Art also offers the following related courses:


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