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  • Course description
    What is the course about?

    This drawing course will introduce you to a wide range of projects that explore drawing through different techniques, materials and concepts. The course will look at drawing both as an art form and as an ally to other creative practices, in particular to those students working on the two-day City & Guilds Ceramics Portfolio Course.

    The course will focus on drawing as:
    • A means of self expression
    • A means of observation and recording
    • A means of research
    • A means of uncovering and instigating ideas.

    What topics will we cover?

    In the first term you will be introduced to a series of diverse drawing projects, inspired by ‘line, shape, movement, colour and texture’. You will use a broad variety of materials and techniques, that include collage, mono-printing, making books, and drawing the moving figure. Each project also looks at the importance of composition, as well as ongoing introduction to artists and exhibitions.

    In the second term personal ideas are explored by projects given, and can be developed through art practices of your choice, both 2 and 3 dimensionally.

    By the end of this course you should be able to:

    • Develop drawing skills using a variety of materials and techniques, including perspective drawings
    • Have a broad understanding of the diversity of drawing.
    • Gain a confidence with drawing, and personal decision making.
    • Take part in group crits, and develop confidence when reflecting on work.
    • Gain a knowledge of the works of many artists, both contemporary and historical.
    • Produce a diverse portfolio of work, both 2 and 3 dimensional, in which to apply for Foundation Course or a course of your choice.

    What level is the course?

    This course is aimed at students with some previous experience in art. It aims to prepare you for foundation level. You will need to be able to follow verbal and written instructions in English, as projects and information handouts are given throughout the course.

    How will I be taught?

    You will be taught through group and individual tuition, as well as ongoing demonstrations. The course is structured and projects are introduced at the beginning of each class. Handouts are given out and artist books relevant to each project are discussed. Class dialogue is ongoing and group crits are given at end of projects.

    Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?

    The course provides a wide selection of materials and equipment. You may however need to buy or collect certain materials for individual needs. Advice will be offered on materials and where to buy them during the course. The City Lit library stocks a wide selection of Art and Design books.

    What feedback will I get?

    Your tutor will give you regular feedback both individually and through group discussion. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

    Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?

    Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

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