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Online course – Start drawing with John T Freeman

Ref: SCW10418

Beginners

£40
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About this course

Gain the confidence to draw anything through a series of guided exercises. Learn how to break objects down into simple shapes and then progress to a still life drawing. Discover your ability to draw intuitively using your innate visual reasoning skills. You will have access to approximately one hour video content, which will take a minimum of approximately two hours to complete. Four weeks online access.

Course Description

Your course includes:
• Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with course content including PDFs of key information to save and keep
• Approximately one hour of instructional videos to work through and repeat at your own pace
• Practical tasks to complete to develop your drawing skills 
• Helpful materials suppliers list 
• Additional notes and ideas
• Student online gallery

Course content:
• Introduction to the College, your tutor John T. Freeman and workshop overview
• Setting yourself up; Health and Safety, Materials and Tools, Posture and Position

• Workshops: 
Getting Started with an alphabet of shapes
Learning about angles and perspective
Using the square to draw a box and chair
Expressive drawing of an armchair
Using triangles, circles and ovals to draw a bottle, and a cup and saucer
Drawing a group of objects – a still life

Course Materials

What you will need

Pencils: 2B,4B
Coloured Pencils: Red, Blue
Carbothello pastel pencil no.625, and no.675, (umber and sepia)
Twin Sharpener
Plastic erasers
Pads of Arboretum paper 1x A4 
Drawing board 

For the course you will need to be seated at a table with your drawing board at a 30% angle

FAQs

What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
or
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels

What format does the course take?
Our online courses have approximately one hour video content, with a minimum completion time of approximately two hours.

  • VLE with course content including PDF
  • A series of instructional videos
  • Practical tasks to complete
  • Materials and Suppliers list

Is the course taught live?
No, the course is self-paced and designed so that you can study it at a time you choose. This means you can dip in and out of the course as often as you wish during your four weeks of access.

How long will I have access to my course?
You will have access to course materials for four weeks commencing from your user account being generated (within 2 working days of booking).

What technologies are used to deliver the course?
We use CANVAS, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), for all your course materials. This is a system for delivering learning materials via the Internet. It offers you flexible access to all the course content, which is available to you for the duration of the course.

Do the course videos have subtitles for hearing impaired people?
Yes, all of our course videos have the option to display closed captions in English.

Will I receive any printed material for the tasks set?
As this is an online course all instructions are on your course pages online. They are also available as a PDF to download and print. The tutor will take you through each task so that by the end of the course, you can complete the whole project.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout and your account will be credited with any monies remaining.

How do I access my course?
You will receive your login details by email, typically within 2 working days.

Can I buy a course on behalf of a group?
Each of the courses has been designed as a one-to-one lesson, allowing you to view it closely on your own screen and go back and forward through the lesson content, working on each section at your own pace. For this reason, courses are only available on an individual basis at this time. You are given access to a course via a designated email address.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can purchase and watch our courses on all computers and devices – Mac, PC, Mobile and Tablet – with an Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below). You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser. Some of the course resources are presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

Can I watch the course on my TV?
It may be possible to watch the courses on your TV, depending on the equipment you have at home. You can purchase and watch our courses on computers and devices with an internet connection. The online learning experience is entirely browser based and is not available in any TV app form. Many additional products, such as Chromecast for Android or Apple TV, allow you to cast or stream the content from your laptop or tablet to your TV. In addition, many TVs and connected devices also have their own internet browsers which should allow you to login to the site and access courses, just as you would from your laptop or tablet. Alternatively, your laptop or tablet may allow you to connect to your TV using an HDMI cable which would allow you to see the screen on your TV. Due to the various different technologies available, it is difficult for us to offer detailed customer service support for streaming to TV.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users - Firefox ver. 54, Chrome ver. 58 or Edge ver. 14 or newer are recommended. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 11 (or older) are not supported.
Mac users - Safari and Firefox are recommended.

We do not recommend using any Internet service provider's proprietary browser, as certain functions may be restricted. We regularly upgrade the site to add features and improve the quality of your experience. Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets - All courses are built on a responsive platform, allowing for access on most smartphones and tablets.

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email online@westdean.ac.uk with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact online@westdean.ac.uk.

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of the day you receive course access, and without accessing the course material. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking.

For any other queries about online courses please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk.

Tutors

John T Freeman

John T. Freeman was born in London 1958 and trained at Bath Academy of Art ( Corsham ) and Chelsea School of Art . He has taught since 1985 as a freelance tutor and lecturer to all levels of ability across a wide spectrum including the computer games industry , Lion Head and Media Molecule , Hurtwood House School, Watts Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Prince of Wales Drawing School.

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