Sketching in St James's Park

Ref: C2421396

Do you either love swans and geese or have a fear of them? Don't worry about the geese and swans they are quite social creatures. This course is for you to develop confident sketching skills drawing outside on location in St Jame's Park. Learn ways to work out a composition and balance what is in front of you. Get an idea of where to start when confronted with all those plants, trees, water and birds that just want your sandwich! The tutor will give you tips on how to show atmosphere and mood of a place and how to include people and birds in your drawing, how to make a tonal contrast sketch, create rhythm to lead the eye around your drawing and work out the proportion and scale of objects. The tutor will also demonstrate sketching techniques using a variety of materials and different styles of drawing - from thumb nail sketching to building up a final composition. The meeting point is outside St James's Café in St James's Park.

Course aim

This sketching course overs quick drawing techniques to capture mood and atmosphere of a place and will help you collect reference material to use later in your sketchbook.

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:

  • Start a sketch book diary and be confident to sketch at home and outdoors.
  • You will develop techniques to show tonal contrast and composition skills making a 3-dimensional drawing.
  • Learn some quick sketching techniques to break down people and geese, swans into basic forms as well as collecting reference material for later.
  • You will develop skills to sketch with chalk pastels on sugar paper or pastel paper.
  • Improve your well-being through enjoying an art session working with other people and socialising with others interested in art

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

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, a small folding seat and plastic bag to sit on; A sketch book A4 or A3 of cartridge paper. Pencils HB, 2B, 5B. Charcoal and a putty rubber or a charcoal pencil. Artists Chalk pastels. Pastel/ sugar paper, Tissue for cleaning. Fixative or hairspray.

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
  • Order materials from 'Hobby Crafts' online or shop. 'Cass' art materials or 'The Works' are all good suppliers. 'The Works' and 'Hobby Crafts' do more student materials. Baker Ross online sell sugar paper. Drawing Great Britain by David Gentleman is a useful book to look at.

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
  • Be confident to sketch at home and outdoors independently or join an art club.

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Sketching in St James's 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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