Autumn term: Monday 5 October – Monday 23 November plus Saturday 21 November 2020
Spring term: Monday 11 January – Monday 1 March plus Saturday 20 February 2021
8 Evening sessions 18.00-21.00
1 Saturday session 09.30-16.30
Sarah L Goy
This course offers a hands-on approach to the world of sketching or ‘art on the go’. Ideal for all levels and abilities, it provides a relaxed way to build upon your drawing skills whilst enjoying the environment around you.
Sketching and drawing is fundamental to everything we do and throughout history every great artist and designer has kept a sketch book. A personal visual ‘journal’, it offers a place to experiment, record special moments or work through your ideas for a more advanced project.
During the course you will explore the fundamentals of drawing and observation including how to capture spontaneous and honest moments. You will use a variety of materials and techniques including pencils, watercolour and charcoal looking at genres such as landscape, botanical, objects and animals. It also includes a session in AUB’s unique Crab drawing studio with a dressed model giving you the opportunity to develop your drawing and sketching skills of the human form. Colour and design knowledge will be explored further through the university’s on-campus museum, MODIP, (Museum of Design in Plastic) as well as a potential location session.
THE COURSE INCLUDES
- Experienced guidance from an artist specialising in sketching and water-colour
- Learning to see and sketch the world around you
- Developing skills with pencil, pens, water-colour and charcoal creating lively drawing through expressive use of line and mark making
- Tone, contrast, textures, colour and form
- Capturing movement and basic perspective
- Basic techniques to approach landscape, botanical, animals, objects and people.
- Being inspired by techniques used by past artists – with handouts
- The course aims to:
- Enable students to gain confidence in their drawing and observational skills
- Experiment and develop ideas discovering new approaches to creating
- Learn some basic water colour techniques and apply to sketching
- Learn to use the sketchbook as a visual journal or as research for an art project
- A means to relax through art in any location
Course Outcomes and Assessment
- Students will feel confident approaching observation drawing, in a range of medium and techniques
- Group share of sketches done at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning
- Students will develop a sketchbook of experimental and finished works in a variety of mediums. This could be a bridge to further courses
Suitable for most levels, from beginners, to students exploring ideas for exhibitions or HE applications and wanting a bridge to further courses, or those who want to step away from digital world and build on their skills to create lively sketching and painting.
What You Need To Bring
- Good quality hard back A4 sketchbook (Pink Pig, Sea Whites or similar)
- Pencils 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
- Set of black fine line drawing pens (Permanent Ink)
- Putty, plastic eraser, pencil sharpener
- Water colour paints – Pans (Winsor and Newton Cotman sketching range – set of 12)
- Pro-arte Water colour paint brushes set of 5
- A roll of cheap lining paper
All additional course materials are included in the course fee.