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Reportage, Drawing & the City

Date Attendance Time Duration Course fee Location Action
08/08/22 – 12/08/22 5 days 11.00 – 16.00 1 week £495 Penrhyn Road Book now

Course description

This 5-day reportage drawing course will cover a broad range of documentary drawing techniques, participants will be working on location in London each day, exploring the city and capturing the ever changing landscape. The activities will be suited to all levels of drawing ability, allowing you to build confidence and hone your skills of observation and storytelling no matter your experience level. Suited to anyone that fancies themselves a journalist or private detective, we will delve into bustling streets and the headlines of the day to make work in response.

This course will help you to create a body of work that documents your experience of London's landscape in 2022. A mixture of structured and self-led tasks will allow you to learn new skills and then follow your nose to hone them. Group discussions on the work created each day will also form new ideas and ways of working.

Each day will be an adventure in curiosity and building your artistic voice; uncovering new ways of drawing and following narrative threads. You will learn your way of going with the flow of the location, chance encounters and how to plan a reportage investigation. These drawings can be used in a portfolio, publication, memoir or the start of a new body of work.

Please note that we will be out and about all day, whatever the weather. This will include walking and standing up drawing for large portions of the day, as well as travelling to different central London locations throughout the week

Example course structure

  • Day 1 — Location Location Location.
    A fast paced introduction to the basics of working on location, learning core skills and preparing for the week ahead.
  • Day 2 — The Artist as Flâneur.
    Now we are more comfortable with the elements of reportage, we will stroll through the city collecting snippets of stories and building confidence in the basic skills.
  • Day 3 — Chronicle.
    Today we are talking headlines, with a morning of fast paced activities related to current events. Participants will relate these to their drawings in the afternoon
  • Day 4 — Face to Face.
    A word in your ear and on the page today as conversation becomes the topic of exploration. Combined with the essential ingredients, we will interview and overhear our way to getting a drawing in edgeways.
  • Day 5 — Who What Where When.
    This will be the most self-directed day, allowing participants to focus on their preferred working styles to create a mini reportage project. A final group discussion and celebration of the work made throughout the week.

Course tutors

This course is taught by reportage artist and illustrator, Laur Fitton, who is also a visiting lecturer on the BA Illustration Animation course at KSA. You can view Laur's website at www.laurafitton.co.uk

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).

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

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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Fees

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.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4066
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