Through practical demonstration and themed drawing activities, students are introduced to the subject of portraiture. Students will produce sketches and more detailed drawings of people and faces, using different materials. They will experiment with ideas and techniques and work from primary and secondary courses.
This course will help to develop your skills and confidence in drawing portraits in pencil and/or charcoal. The course will cover fundamental principles in drawing and you will be introduced to the work of a variety of artists.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- plan a composition and consider spatial relationships
- draw more accurately from observation
- draw using tone to establish structure and create solidity of form
- draw using line and gesture
- start to develop a personal approach to drawing.
There is no set ‘homework’, but you are welcome to practise and do further work at home.
There is no qualification for this course.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Clare Langlands
Clare is a painter and printmaker and has been a practising artist for more than twenty years. She studied BA FIne Art at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic and was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to study at The School of Fine Arts, Athens. Clare has exhibited her work both locally and in London. Her pictures combine figurative motifs with abstract mark making, bold colours and pattern to create decorative, playful images. She works in oil paints, printmaking and collage and sometimes combines the processes to create intricate, layered surfaces on canvas. Clare is an experienced teacher with a PGCE in Art and Design from Goldsmiths University.
How will I be taught?
Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress.
What do I need to bring with me?
If you are a new student and have no materials please wait for your tutor's advice on what to buy. However all students should bring an A4 sketchbook of good quality cartridge paper, a 2B pencil and a rubber to the first session. If you do not have these already, please do not buy anything specifically for the course until you have checked with the Canterbury Centre, on 03000 412222 about a week before the start, that the course will be going ahead. Students will need to provide their own materials as the course progresses.
What can I do next?
A further drawing or drawing and painting course.
What do I need to join the course
This course is suitable for beginners and improvers. It is important to note that art courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity for you to participate fully and get the most out of the course.
Getting to your course
Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/113994/K/NC.
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