Art Class: Drawing for Beginners
"Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache." - David Hockney
At a glance
- Evening class
- Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 9 weeks: October to December
- 2 hours taught time per week
- Tutor: Susan Sluglett
- Fees from £95 to £178
- Location: Blyth Art Studio, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
- Official Course Title: 'Art and Craft Practice'
This class is organised in association with the Blyth Centre for Music and Visual Arts at Imperial College London
Drawing is one of the most fundamental activities in art, one of the most direct ways in which to transfer what a person sees onto paper. Not only is it an expressive form of art in its own right, it also helps train the eye to look more carefully at the world around us.
On this nine week course you will be introduced to a variety of drawing techniques and materials. This will include drawing from objects and the imagination, and use of pencil, charcoal and pastels amongst other media.
The course is interactive, so you will be asked to bring in objects to draw, and it is entirely practical, and so you will be trying your hand at drawing and painting from the very first session. In all of this you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of approaches, from acurate studies through to more individual and expressive forms of drawing.
The course offered is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge or experience of any arts or craft practice is necessary.
It is also suitable for those with some knowledge and experience in an arts or craft activity, who wish to develop their knowledge and skills further in a supportive environment.
Week 1. We will start with pencil drawing in a wide variety of tones to explore line, combined with building up areas, using varied mark-making techniques to create form. We will look at basic drawing materials that include charcoal and chalk pastel as a way to explore mark-making further. I will introduce, fun, experimental drawing exercises using observational drawing with objects, combined with using our imaginary skills to build images.
Week 2. We will work with ink on paper that encourages a very direct and spontaneous approach to drawing. I will provide visual stimuli to show the wide variety of approaches that can be explored.
Week 3. We will continue using a wide variety of drawing materials to introduce using tone to build on making our drawings carry weight and express 3 dimensionality.
Week 4. Drawing in natural colour - an introduction using a limited palette with water based paint.
Week 5. Drawing in imaginary colour - using a wider palette - we will explore the expressive use of colour to suggest an emotional response using water based paint.
Week 6. I will bring in a collection of objects and distribute them amongst the group. As a group we will come up with three words as suggestions to the objects’ character, we will build a collaborative still life to work from.
Week 7. Everyone to bring in a new object with the idea that they temporarily ‘gift’ the object to their neighbour. Using a wide variety of drawing approaches, this is an opportunity for the recipient of the ‘gifted’ object to build an imaginary world for the object to sit in. I will provide materials to construct the environment for the object. This will grow into the sculptural object from which to make further drawings in weeks 9 and 10.
Week 8. This week will be spent making preparatory drawings using our sculptural object from week eight; combining materials with the aim of making a sustained piece of work that will lead into working towards a completed piece in week 9.
Week 9. Using the preparatory drawings from week 9 we will work out how best to approach making the completed piece of work using all the skills we have learned over the 9 week period. We will allow time at the end for a group discussion on the work. Everyone will be encouraged to share their thoughts on how they feel they have developed in making their work over the course.
This is an indicative programme and so might be subject to modification or change.
Additional Reading and Credit Information
There is no requirement to undertake specific reading for this course.
No academic credits are available for this course.
About Your Tutor
Susan Sluglett is a highly experiened artist who has exhibited extensively around the world, and curated numerous exhibitions in Britain and internationally. This includes the Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2013; Creekside Open 2017, selected by Alison Wilding; Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London; Arthouse 1 London; Mall Galleries London; Klosterpresse Frankfurt; Transition Gallery London; City Gallery Walbrzych Poland; and many others.
In addition to her art practice, Susan is an experienced arts educator who is well placed to help you develop your art skills. As well as running regular workshops at Imperial College for the Blyth Art Studio, she has worked for Hospital Rooms, a mental health charity, delivering workshops to, Barnes Hospital, Springfield University Hospital and Highgate Mental Health Centre.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|18||9||£178 (Early Bird rate: £162*)||£104 (Early Bird rate: £95*)
||£137 (Early Bird rate: £126*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before 30 September for courses starting in October | All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.|
Fee Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening firstname.lastname@example.org before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of Friends of Imperial College
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
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Applicable terms & conditions
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|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|18||9||14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
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Certificate of Attendance
Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (7) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible students receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.
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