Riverside Sketching

Working on location at the river using a variety of techniques and media.

Who is this course for

Suitable for students who wish to explore an imaginative approach to working on location.
The course will provide a practical introduction to a range of creative techniques and materials.
Students should have some drawing/painting experience. All levels of experience welcome.
This course will also suit students who are building up a folio of work.

What does this course cover

The course will focus on 4 locations along the river Thames. (The first day will begin at the Mary Ward)
Students will be given a detailed programme for each location prior to the day.One boat trip could be included.
(Programme is weather and tide dependent)

Learn how to work on location capturing the essence of a place in an ever- changing environment.

Introduction and exploration of media and technique
- Black and White - pencil, ink, charcoal
- Colour media - paint, acrylic, watercolour
- Manipulating media - collage, mixed media, photography
- Reflecting on and evaluating own work.

Site-specific research encouraged, finding out about the history of the location that students are observing.

By the end of the course:
Have produced a series of images that takes inspiration from the River Thames.
Have a greater understanding of the process of developing work inspired by working from observation.
Students will have gained confidence in their own visual expression and the practical aspects of working on location.
Learning to be comfortable in public spaces.
Produce a series of location studies using skills to good effect.
Studies can be 'finished' pieces or a resource for studio work.
Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others

By the end of the course students will be examining the world around them with fresh eyes!

What will it be like

Individual and group tuition.
Advice, discussions, demonstrations.

Handouts relating to methods and media.
Handouts relating to riverside locations and practical issues e.g. travel and amenities.

Feedback to the learners, both individually and as a group, is embedded in the delivery of the course.

Organised visits to specific locations.

Progress is assessed in accordance with the course objectives.
This will take the form of:
- Regular verbal feedback from tutor on an individual basis
- Informal group discussions/tutorials
- Self and group assessment at the end of the course

What else do you need to buy or do

Art materials for the course will be discussed during the first session. Cost variable
For the first session please bring a portable kit:
A range of pencils HB B 2B 4B 5B 6B
A rubber
Masking tape
Craft knife
Some charcoal, willow/compressed
A black pen and ink
Initial costs £10 - 15

Notebooks, sketchbooks, camera always useful.

Travel light, wear practical clothing.

Students should have a valid Oyster card/travel card.
Travel costs not included in the course fee.

To keep a sketch book/ note book for the development of creative ideas.
Always have a camera at hand. Continue to work in your own time.
Visit exhibitions and places of interest e.g. Turner collection

Students would be encouraged to collect throughout the course all sorts of images/objects of interest/text relating to locations and sites around London.

What this course could lead to

Other specialist courses relating to working on location e.g. creative drawing and painting, printmaking, photography etc.

Building a portfolio of work to gain access to courses in FE/HE or Pre Foundation/Foundation

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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.

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

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