Drawing London at Night

This course focuses on drawing in the evening in a variety of locations. An exciting course for students wishing to explore new ways of expression, as well as learning new drawing skills. Perfect for anyone wanting to develop their drawing skills, with an interest in the City, Architecture and the Nocturnal as subjects.
First meeting is at The Mary Ward Centre, 42 Queen Square.

Who is this course for

The course is for anyone wanting to develop their drawing skills, with an interest in the City, Architecture and the Nocturnal as subjects.

Whether you are a complete beginner or established practitioner, everyone with an interest in drawing is welcome. Particularly those who wish to learn and explore new ways to draw and find ways to represent this challenging subject.

What does this course cover

You will meet each week in a different part of central London, sometimes outside, sometimes in cafes, public buildings or train stations. Students will be given a list of rendezvous points once enrolled. Each week there will be an inside and outside location to chose from.

The evening will start with a discussion with the tutor looking at different artist's work and different media. We will look at many artists and discuss current exhibitions. Each week there will be a technical demonstration in at least one drawing technique and materials
Different techniques including using pen, ink, charcoal, pencil, felt tips, will be covered in the course. We will look at using line, colour, shadows, light and dark.

The tutor may give the students warm up drawing exercises or a particular theme or challenge for the evening.
The students will then draw independently for the majority of the session with some guidance from the tutor, when required.
The group will then reconvene at the end of the evening to look at each others drawings and for an informal review.

Students will have broadened their understanding of drawing techniques and materials and will have developed confidence to draw directly from observation on the street.
They will have discovered new locations to draw and have learnt about the tradition of drawing in the city practiced by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper and Van Gogh, among others.

They will also have the confidence to draw in a public space and know how to manage materials and equipment in order to do so.

What will it be like

The tutor will demonstrate drawing techniques, showing students the potential of various media. Students will also learn from each other, seeing how each approaches drawing. Students will receive one-to-one teaching from the tutor.
Students will be encouraged to discuss and positively criticise each others drawings and the drawings of artists from the past and present. Books and secondary examples of artist's work will be brought to classes to look at.

The tutor will discuss each individual student's requirements and expectations with them at the beginning of the course. Students will be asked to complete a questionnaire at the first session
They will then respond to this by giving one-to-one time during the sessions and continued dialogue about the work they make over the weeks. There will all be informal group review sessions.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students are asked to bring there favourite drawing materials, for instance pencils, rubber, sharpening tool and some loose leafs of paper A3 size and a drawing board. Approximate cost for starter equipment is £30. As the weeks go by you may wish to use different media and buy other materials. The tutor can advise about different art shops and suppliers.
Keeping a sketchbook and any drawing practice will be encouraged outside the course. Also visiting museums, galleries and the latest exhibitions to keep abreast of what's going on in the art world.

Bring something warm to wear! (It can get cold after dark.)

What this course could lead to

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

MWC student

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

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.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’