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Drawing for Beginners

Nottingham Trent University
Course summary
15 hours
245.83 - 291.67 GBP excl. VAT
Leisure / Fun Classes
Next available date: 27/07/2020 10:00 - Nottingham
Course Dates
27/07/2020 10:00  (English)
291.67 GBP
05/10/2020 18:00  (English)
245.83 GBP
18/01/2021 18:00  (English)
245.83 GBP

Course description

Drawing for Beginners

This course is an energetic exploration of the ways in which people use drawing and mark-making to analyse and respond to physical (and metaphysical) spaces.

It’s aimed at anyone who is new to drawing or people with experience looking for a challenge.

The course aims to enhance your ability to produce expressive, analytical, mixed media and collaborative drawings.

It will also improve your knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing and mark making.

Topics and content will be dictated largely by the aspirations of the group.

However, the key themes will include analytical drawing, life drawing, objective drawing, expressionistic mark making, psychogeography and presentation values.

On this course, you will:

  • be introduced to mark-making
  • discuss and define key terms
  • work individually and in groups to create collaborative drawings
  • create expressive drawings
  • produce analytical drawings (linear perspective and objective drawing)
  • have a session with a life model
  • complete mixed media drawings and explore cross media composition
  • examine the dominating space.

What will I gain?

As a result of attending this course, it will be possible for you to produce expressive drawings with confidence.

You’ll be able to produce work that crosses media, that attests to an enhanced understanding of context and an appreciation of psychogeography.

You will also be able to use appropriate terms such as linear perspective, orthographic projection, frottage, mark-making, psychogeography, semiotics and more with confidence and in context.

Here's what our previous attendees have said:

"Would really recommend this course! There was no risk of getting bored! Tutor was excellent and felt we had a really great introduction into a variety of areas and got incredibly useful feedback." RS

"I liked the freedom of expression and historical links to artists that were all new to me." SD

"The group were fab! Really enjoyed it, and recommended to many already." CA

"Fantastic insight into drawing, very practical and learned a lot thanks to Chris." JP

"Very interesting class, Chris is a great teacher." PA

"Chris was great! Enjoyed the topics, experimenting, everything!" SW

"Absolutely loved it. You are a great teacher Chris." CR

Tutor profile: Chris Lewis-Jones is an artist/flanuer who travels across disciplines, media and contexts.

He is based at Primary in Nottingham, but is also an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary and Art & Craft Lead Tutor for the WEA across the East Midlands.

Although his work has been influenced by the theory and practice of psychogeography, drawing remains central to his practice, and he is never without a sketchbook!

In addition to enjoying analytical drawing, Chris also explores expressionistic approaches to mark making and has been commissioned to undertake drawing performances at galleries and other venues across the country.

Click through above to book your place online.

Modern accommodation is available a short walk from our studios and is available to those booked on to a summer school course for an additional fee.

Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.

If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

20 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 16

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Average rating 5

Based on 3 reviews

Loved it!!! I went on the course with a friend - both thinking we would be out of our depth but we weren't. The class was really accessible for all abilities. We learnt a lot about drawing and mark making and produced work that was sometimes half decent, sometimes awful and sometimes suprisingly ok in a very supportive and encouraging atmospher...
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Jacqueline Smith
I started the course feeling pretty anxious and nervous as I had not been on a course like this for many years. However I have to say that Chris our tutor was excellent. He was very supportive as well as being active in the sessions. I loved how we learned about lots of techniques and worked by ourselves and with others. The life drawing and the...
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Sarah Whalley
I went into this course slightly nervous having not drawn properly since school …. 34 years ago. I’ve come out of the course with confidence, a love of drawing again and a feeling of it does not matter what you do or how it looks at the end of the day it is fun, relaxing, thought provoking and interesting. Chris [can’t remember his surname] im...
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