Classic Drawing Techniques in Line and Tone

Ref: C3675358

Join a friendly and supportive group to improve your drawing skills. Practice drawing a variety of subjects using simple materials such as charcoal, pencil and ink. You will be encouraged to exercise your observation skills flexibly as you employ traditional drawing strategies including sighting and using negative shapes to help establish proportions. Subjects will include still-life and may also include flowers, figures or architecture. Tonal values will be observed and compared and tone will be added to increase the illusion of pictorial space.

Course aim

To improve skill and confidence in traditional representational drawing techniques and to understand tonal values and use them effectively.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • use gesture drawing to help me get started with less anxiety
  • use the concept of negative shapes to make drawing easier
  • use sighting to check the relative sizes and positions of objects in my drawing.
  • use light, medium and dark tones to create an illusion of depth
  • see my composition as a whole rather than an inventory of separate items

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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
  • A drawing board approximately 40cm x 50cm - a piece of scrap hardboard or rigid cardboard (not corrugated) is fine; a large bag or folder to carry your work; a pencil. After the first lesson you may be required to bring specific still-life items and flowers.

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
  • Form a habit of drawing for pleasure

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Classic Drawing Techniques in Line and Tone

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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