This course has concessions available

New: Drawing For Sculpture Online

This ONLINE course is ideal if you would like to widen your knowledge and confidence in drawing and are interested in Sculpture or 3D Design. Over six mornings we will explore drawing concepts and methods which will support the development of 3D ideas.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

It is an intermediate course. Beginners who enjoy drawing and are interested in form and composition are welcome. You should be able to use a computer and the internet, read numbers and make simple calculations

What does this course cover

Drawing is an essential tool for sculptors alongside the experimentation with material. Your tutor will guide you through different exercises, introducing you to a range of drawing concepts and methods. By the end of the course you will have a practical understanding how to develop simple 3D ideas through drawing.

It is a structured course covering the five main areas underneath

1 from shape to form, using mark making, texture and measuring by eye.
2 Negative space, scale, proportion, elevational drawing
3 Analytical drawing
4 Crating; creating a composition, using the maquette
5 Simple one- and two-point perspective

Studies will lead from observational drawing, measuring by eye, analysing the object; the transition from shape to form and basic perspective to developing compositions by imagination, using crating, mark making and some tone.

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

1. Explore a composition using simple shape or form

2. Use Mark Making and Texture to create form and explore surface effects

3. Measure by eye, use scale, proportion, and analytical drawing also in relation to the human scale.

4. Have a first understanding how to use Analytical drawing and Crating to create compositions

What will it be like

The course will be taught on-line, as similar to classroom- teaching as possible. The sessions will include visual demonstration, verbal explanation, studio time supported by one to one teaching in the online classroom and group discussion. Written hand- outs will be on Moodle for the student to download and print out. To share your work with your tutor, you can show your drawings using your laptop camera or use the camera of a smart phone in addition.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course is taught online. You will be asked to set up simple still live composition on day one to support your studies. Recommendations for this will be send to you in advance and will be available on Moodle.

You need either a drawing board, not smaller than A2, 2 chairs of which one with backrest to lean the drawing board against; a table on which to place your own still lives and laptop; Alternatively, a wall space and table ( see above) and chair or stool to place drawing materials on. We recommend a well-lit space.

Computer equipment needed for the class:

A laptop, PC, or a tablet with inbuild or additional camera.

A smartphone to photograph and share photos of your work with your tutor

A stable internet connection

An up-to-date web browser. This is a software on your computer that helps you go on the Internet. We recommend that you use Google Chrome or Firefox.

A microphone - this is normally part of your laptop or tablet. If you are using a desktop PC, you may need an external microphone.

Speakers or headphones

Drawing materials:

-A3 hard back sketchbook or A2 Pad of Drawing paper or loose paper if preferred, ideally not less than 140gsm.

-A smooth board, A2 to draw on (a drawing board)

Drawing tools:

-ballpoint pen, pencils, a range of B pencils including 2B and 4B

-colour pencils, three colours minimum

- Compressed charcoal or chalk (to be advised by your tutor on day one)

- eraser

-a ruler

- Stanley knife or craft knife to sharpen your pencils (you can use a pencil sharpener if you prefer)

-masking tape

Homework on the course will be mainly practicing what has been learned in class and preparation for the day, such as composing a small still life for some of the days.

What this course could lead to

Otehr Sculpture course at The Mary ward Centre
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’