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The Drawing Board  

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  • TutorPaul Bartlett
  • Price-
  • Age18+
  • LevelImprovers/Advanced

Mon 16 Apr, 7pm – 9pm | 12 wk Term £112 (£101) | Improver/Advanced Level | Age 18+

Learn to draw a variety of subjects using pencils, graphite, charcoal and pastel and develop skills in line, form and composition.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers and advanced students. Those seeking a refresher course are also welcome. Improvers and advanced students may have previously completed courses at mac or elsewhere and will benefit from an opportunity to revisit basic drawing techniques.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course you will learn the basics of how to draw using pencils. This is a structured course that will guide you through the use of a range of pencils such as graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, pastel pencils and coloured/water soluble pencils. You will learn drawing skills for line, tone, form and colour along with measurement for proportion and strategies to stimulate your creative imagination.

You will apply your drawing skills to a range of direct observation subjects including still-life natural forms, a life model, a portrait model and subjects chosen to facilitate specific learning goals of individual lessons.

This course focusses on learning by art practice. Each week the tutor will set a specific project. He will demonstrate a basic technique supported by completed examples of artist’s work. Students will then undertake a practical exercise to learn and apply the technique themselves with individual support and guidance from the tutor. Each lesson builds on the previous one, gradually developing your skills and understanding.

On completing this course you can expect to have a range of drawings of different subjects demonstrating your understanding of basic drawing techniques and the use of different types of pencil.

This course aims to offer a relaxed environment, conducive to informal conversation and quiet concentration where students can progress with their individual creative journey.

Do you need to bring anything?

The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided that can be used during the lesson, and some basic art materials that may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners.

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own expense.

Who teaches this course?

Paul Bartlett