The Role of Location Drawing in Art

Ref: C2224398

Looking at range of male and women European artists like Constable, Angelica Kauffman, Barbara Hepworth, and Graham Sutherland, the course examines the position of drawing on location in art and compares it with studio based pieces. We will look at the artists' working methods, studies, and artworks along with some context to their work. Starting with the sketchbooks of Old Masters we progress through the centuries and discuss the value of these artists working outside their studios whilst comparing them to studio based artists.

Course aim

To introduce the concept of location drawing as a study for painting and as artwork in its own right.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify 4 artists who use/used sketchbooks as part of their methodology.
  • Able to demonstrate and enjoy art within a supportive friendly group environment through discussion with at least 1 person.
  • Discuss at least 2 pieces artwork in an informed way stating the medium and method used.
  • Discover the methods and artwork of at least one previously unknown artist.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be actively encouraged to take notes during classes.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Paper and pen for notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Turner & Constable: Sketching from Nature by Rosenthal and Lyle (or any similar books on Turner and Constable) A History of British Art by Andrew Graham-Dixon Great british Drawings, exhibition catalogue from the Ashmoleon

What can I do next?

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The Role of Location Drawing in Art

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