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Drawing from Scratch
C00142

The course will give you a general introduction to drawing. The emphasis will be on observational drawing and you will be taught how to observe and record line and tone using a range of materials. You will also be introduced to different mark-making techniques and elements of composition as well as exploring creative ways of using materials and techniques.

Course Content

The course is studio-based so projects will largely be concentrated on the still-life. The emphasis will be on observational drawing and you will be taught how to observe and record line and tone using a range of materials and techniques. Materials used will include pencil, coloured pencils, charcoal, pen and ink, chalk and pastels and mark-making techniques will include drawing around the form, continuous line and hatching.

You will be introduced to simple elements of composition such as positive and negative space and will use mixed media and collage to develop confidence in using a range of materials and to explore compositional space.

Each week will focus on a particular drawing technique or material and teaching will involve formal instruction and tutor demonstration, practical experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, individual tuition and supportive group critiques. Personal critiques can also be arranged if necessary. You will be shown examples from art history to inform learning and will be encouraged to look for inspiration in art of the past and present.

Course Outcomes

• You will learn how to use basic measuring techniques to observe and record contour from observation
• You will learn to describe what tone is, and what it does, and record tone using a range of materials and techniques
• You will describe and use a range of lines (e.g. directional line, continuous line) when working from observation.
• You will describe one or two simple ways to plan a composition (e.g. considering positive and negative space)
• You will explore a range of materials and techniques.

Entry Requirements

It is suitable for those with no experience of drawing and also students with some previous experience who wish to practise and develop skills further. Although the course can be joined at any point, you will build on existing learning over the year to develop observational skills and build confidence in using a range of materials and techniques.

First Class Requirements

Please bring any basic drawing materials you already own (pencil, charcoal, eraser) to your first session. Paper is available to buy at the college.

At the start of the course the tutor will give you advice about buying materials and provide you with a materials list, the approximate cost of which should be less than about £20. This materials list is kept to a minimum and will last you beyond your course.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance will help you to get more out of the course and to achieve better results.

Assessment Methods

There will informal, supportive group critiques at the end of each session and your tutor will give you individual informal verbal feedback as you work on projects and take part in discussions. Individual critiques can also be arranged if required.

Further Study Options

Depending on your development progress onto one of our higher-level Fine-Art courses.

Additional Information

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline please email art@racc.ac.uk.

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees & finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email info@racc.ac.uk or drop in to our main reception area.