Indoor Sketching

Ref: C3677683

Sketching is more than drawing with a pencil. By starting each session indoors, you will be introduced to ideas, possible ways of working and materials to use before going outside to sketch in-situ. You will be encouraged to share your discoveries, triumphs and discomforts and should gain confidence in learning from the other students. Each student will also receive some individual tuition.

Additional information about this course

The first two sessions of this course will take place at St Olaves Church Hall. The other sessions will take place at an alternative venue in central York. Tutor will inform students at the start of the course.

Course aim

Gain pleasure and become absorbed in observing your environment as you develop your sketching skills around and about in York.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students with some drawing experience and a desire to discover more about their surroundings by sketching them. If you are not able to carry your own sketching equipment please contact the tutor to see if the course can be made suitable.

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

  • Use sketching as an absorbing way of discovering more about my surroundings.
  • Judge my work less harshly and feel more free to experiment.
  • Make decisions about setting realistic boundaries for my sketches.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of shadows and the way light falls on a subject.
  • Demonstrate the practice of using a sketchbook to record my ideas and experiences.

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
  • Practical work making sketches in the local area.

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 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?

  • Please bring a sketchbook, pencil, eraser, optional other materials, lightweight folding seat or waterproof mat, windproof jacket, warm hat/sunhat, fingerless gloves, warm trousers, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, money for refreshments.

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
  • Sketching on holiday.

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Indoor Sketching


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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