Drawing In The Landscape – Out And About East

Develop an exciting and original sketchbook by drawing in a variety of outside and inside locations in a friendly, fun & supportive environment.
No previous knowledge or experience is necessary for this course.
The term will begin at Blackfriars Settlement, which is a short walk from Southark Station. course will explore mainly East and South East London.

Who is this course for

The course is for people who want to explore drawing from observation in London. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary for this course, the teaching methods will often be on a one-one basis within the focus of a particular class, the nature of the class, being in off-site locations each week, lends itself to successful mixed ability teaching.

What does this course cover

Drawing in outside and inside locations this course will explore London (mainly East and South East) evening life. Focusing on drawing both in social spaces such as cafes and bars, and outside, where especially in the early weeks of the course we take advantage of the opportunity to draw as the light changes towards sunset.
We will explore a range of materials, formats and supports (including what a sketchbook can be), found and prepared grounds, different kinds of paper and the scrapbook.
The work and sketchbooks of artists will be introduced as background material, and students will be encouraged to develop work made in the class.
The course will introduce different approaches to drawing in a sketchbook, including considered drawings lasting some time, and the collecting of quickly gathered, fleeting information, the place and value of notation, and the use of colour.
Though the subject matter will always be figurative, the course will consider how artists & designers use figurative sketchbooks to develop abstract ideas.

What will it be like

Each session will be structured around a particular concept, media, skill or approach; within that, one to one discussion & teaching will be the prevalent method. Every session will end with a short peer group appraisal and discussion which aims to develop students' confidence in their critical & analytical skills, and in their own work. Topics and ideas will be supported by contextual references to the work of other artists, or other relevant information.
One to one appraisal and discussion, and the regular group appraisal at the end of each class provide the opportunity for feedback.

What else do you need to buy or do

A variety of media will be used on the course, including waterbased paints, watersoluble and waterproof pens, crayons etc. These will be discussed and a comprehensive list provided at the first meeting. The tutor always provides backup materials to allow students to try out media before they buy something new. It is not necessary to buy everything on the suggested list.
For the first meeting you should bring a sketchbook (A4 or bigger), and pencils and/ or pens (including fineliners/ felt tips) and a sharpener and eraser.

What this course could lead to

Many students continue over several terms and also go on to do other courses. Specific examples of progression have been: many students go on to other courses at the MW centre & elsewhere, especially the Foundation & pre Foundation courses; one student who stayed on the Out & About course for several terms went on to study MA drawing at Wimbledon; other students rejoin the course simply for pleasure & to gain confidence in working in exterior & interior public locations; several students have also done the course knowing they were soon to embark on significant personal journeys to far flung places, aiming to gain confidence & experience in drawing in sketchbooks

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

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