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About Introduction to Drawing and Illustration (Summer)

In this course, discover the fundamentals of drawing and illustration and learn how to translate what your eyes see onto a blank sheet of paper.

What will you learn on this course?

Drawing is one of the first and oldest means of expression and representation. Good observation is the key to unlocking your creativity and enhance your drawing skills. The course will guide you through fundamental principles and rules that will make your drawings and illustration recognisable and realistic.

Drawing and illustration are two very similar things, but with some differences. Drawing is a form of self-expression whereas illustration is used to convey a message and to accompany a text, often in a commercial context. Either way, to draw or illustrate, you must learn the fundamentals of drawing first.

Students will learn classical drawing techniques and concepts, and some fundamentals about artistic expression and the course covers basic techniques including

  • drawing transfer methods
  • pencil drawing textures
  • types of perspective
  • light and shade
  • tonal values
  • laws of composition
  • photorealism

The course will also look at themes such as geometrical forms, landscape, flower, and plants the human figure and portraits.

To begin with, you start by copying other drawings which is a great method for beginners to help you develop an eye for detail and understand how to construct your artwork.

Your tutor will guide you through step-by-step processes and provide live demonstrations, plus one to one support and additional materials such as handouts. Some of the exercises will be based on the drawings and methods from a book called ‘Drawing – a complete guide’ by Giovanni Civardi’.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is suitable for beginners who have no experience drawing and want to learn all the basics, and for improvers who are looking to develop and refine their skills.

This course may be accessible for people with disabilities. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific accessibility needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

You may bring your own set of pencils with various grades of graphite (i.e., 2H, HB, 4B, 6B), standard pencil rubber and putty rubber. Option of bringing a sketchbook with blank pages of size A5 or A4, or a simple folder or document protector to keep your drawings.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Kotryna Brazynskaite

Dates and times

  • April – July