Day School: Sketching Walk

Ref: C2225248

Join professional artist and illustrator Sue Pownall for a sketching walk exploring the historical town of Coggeshall, recording your impressions in line and colour on paper or in your own sketchbook. The walk will encourage on-location observational drawing as we wander around the town stopping to sketch key sites. At each stop there will be a short demonstration from Sue, she will then help you draw your own interpretations of the buildings, people, memorials etc. You will be encouraged to give context to your sketches through recording things, which are normally excluded, like parked cars and telegraph poles. This sketch walk is a brief introduction to urban sketching for anyone who can hold a pencil from beginners upwards and will help you record the details that make every town and village unique. Being in a group makes sketching in public less intimidating and Sue has some handy tips to share on how to choose a place to draw from to make you less visible.

Course aim

This one day workshop aims to enable students to notice and record the details that make every town and village unique.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify two ways to choose a sketching location.
  • Produce at least two pencil sketches.
  • Engage with the group to discuss urban sketching.

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

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Sketching Walk


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