This course has concessions available

Inside Out – Drawing Projects At Home Or On Your Walk

This is a new online drawing course for students who have some drawing and painting experience.. Designed to work around staying at home or on a regular walk, the course will introduce strategies and approaches towards working out ideas in a sketchbook from observation. You will be directed by the tutor with suggested techniques and materials, and the classes will be designed to help you to to work from these drawings towards a painting or print outcomes. The overall aim is to increase students' 'vocabulary' of techniques, approaches and subject matter. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email. The course will be run via the zoom platform.

Your tutor, Kitty Reford, is a practising artist whose works across technique and media within painting and printmaking. She has taught her hugely popular outside drawing classes at Mary Ward Centre for years.

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Who is this course for

The course is aimed towards those with some experience, in drawing, painting and print making and who want to push their ideas further.

Please read on to the end to see the list of materials for your course.

Your tutor, Kitty Reford, has a BA in Fine Art from Canterbury College of Art (now part of UCA), an MA from the Royal Academy Schools (painting), and much later an MA in printmaking from Camberwell College of Art. She has exhibited widely including recently The Royal Academy Summer Show, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, The Masters Etching and The Masters Lithography (both at Bankside). She has work in public and private collections in the UK and elsewhere (including the V&A and the UAL University Arts Collection). She works across technique and media within painting and printmaking. Her subject matter is varied though it always resides in the area of observation, often dealing with the personal and the unremarkable. Alongside her practice she has worked for many years in Further and Higher Education.

What does this course cover

The course will explore a range of different choices of subject, such as the natural and built environment, objects (both domestic and 'found'), different spaces, and different viewpoints.
It will explore a range of materials, different ways of using them, and how different senses can be brought to drawing.
Finally it will explore ways of building on initial sketchbook drawings.
All of this will be backed up by looking at the work of other artists.

Each week a brief will be given in advance, which participants will carry out in their own time. At the class time a Zoom meeting will take place in which participants will present what they've done.
Techniques, approaches and examples will be explored in relation to the work and how it might progress. Although each week will have a discrete 'task' and 'theme', it is expected that the cumulative experience derived from each week will be digested and built upon by each student in their own wayso this course will not teach a specific technique each week expecting similar outcomes from participants. This approach opens up the opportunity for peer learning and review as well as one to one and group tuition.
Where the week's brief includes the need to be away from home on a walk there will always be an alternative that can be carried out inside your home, or in your garden for those who are isolating rather than social distancing.

What will it be like

Progress will be shared and discussed in the class during the Zoom meetings, when both peer and tutor review will take place.
Although the course asks for students with some experience, this is largely to do with students having the confidence to go out and draw in an experimental way. It is expected that students will bring a range of skill levels, expectations and approaches to the course. As such, students will be able to progress at their own pace and in their own direction. This approach lends itself both to one to one guidance and to students learning from each other.

This is a new online course being developed by The Mary Ward Centre. The nature of the delivery will be different from a face to face class: but we will do our best to retain a friendly and community experience that you expect from us. Although you may be asked to develop work on your own or between classes, we will endeavour to build in flexible small group work and more individualised feedback, so there is still a personal quality to the experience.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run via the zoom platform, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session.
If you have a device, find a way to prop it up so you can work and we can see your face.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes.

Essentials are at least one sketchbook, paper and other surfaces such as card to work on, wet and dry drawing media, both neutral and colour.
The ideal toolbox will include:
Sketchbooks; coloured papers, brown and other neutral papers; a few different textures/ weights of paper.
Pencils, pens, prittstick, charcoal, erasers
Soluble graphite (available online, (Cornelissons))
Water soluble and non soluble media (including water soluble paint)
Coloured pastels
A roller
Plastic for monoprinting
Printing ink would be a bonus
There is no need to go out and buy lots of new things initially as long as you have basic materials.
You will get ideas during the course for things you want to try and anything essential that you might not have will be demonstrated, to ensure you get the right thing!

What this course could lead to

Further Study at Mary Ward

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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