Sketching at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Ref: C2421394

Develop your drawing skills outside on location. Learn ways to work out a composition, make a tonal contrast sketch, create rhythm to lead the eye around your drawing and work out the proportion and scale of objects. You will practice showing buildings receding in space with a little perspective theory. We will also explore different ways of looking and drawing with a range of materials which will help you to develop your own sketchbook.

Course aim

This sketching class is to introduce you to sketching techiniques working on location and will help you collect information you can work from at home later. Meeting point is outside the London Aquatics Centre.

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:

  • Create a sketch book diary and be confident to sketch at home, outdoors and in museums.
  • Improve your well being through enjoying an art session working with other people and socialising with others interested in art.
  • You will develop techniques to show tonal contrast, and composition skills.
  • You will develop skills to sketch with chalk pastels on sugar paper or pastel paper.
  • You will develop some understanding of using using colour to create depth

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need to bring your own art materials and a small folding seat and plastic bag to sit on, a sketch book A4 or A 3 of cartridge paper, pencils HB, 2B , 5B, charcoal and a putty rubber, white chalk or a charcoal pencil Artists chalk pastels, sugar or pastel paper, tissue for cleaning.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Artist materials can be ordered from 'Hobby Crafts' online, 'Cass' and 'The Works' are all good suppliers. The 'Works' and 'Hobby Crafts' supply student materials. Baker Ross online sell sugar paper.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Sketching at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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