Make drawings from your photographs using graphite to portray
tone, texture and the play of light. Learn to work with
composition, experiment with materials and methods to extend your
On this practical course you will develop and improve your drawing skills and confidence. Working from the comfort of the studio and your own photographs is an enjoyable way of exploring the potential of graphite and drawing methods. A desire to explore drawing, working slowly with attention to detail will help you with this course. On the first evening there will be a digital slide presentation and drawing exercise.
Using photographs as a source of imagery is a way of extending time with a still image. It allows you to work with a moment captured and isolated for prolonged attention, ideal for transcribing every detail accurately. Drawing exercises, discussion and demonstrations will reveal the essential elements of your chosen image and the vast array of marks and tones achievable with graphite beyond the point of the pencil. There will be a slide show of artists' work and the tutor's own drawings followed by a discussion on the variety of approaches used to make a representational drawing.
From a structured start you will be encouraged to work on your individual projects with focus, space and one to one support. You will then interpret your subject matter and transcribe what is seen to paper.
By the end of the course you will have:
Extended your tone and mark making vocabulary.
Developed your skills in observation, selection and interpretation of imagery.
Improved your knowledge and understanding of drawing materials and methods.
Produced a selection of drawings that demonstrate techniques and skills.
The workshop will conclude with an informal show of work and sharing of experiences.
You will leave the course with some confident drawings, improved knowledge, understanding and skill, ready and able to apply to future drawings and art works.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)