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To build manual drawing skills and encourage groups to be more willing to draw as a means of exploring formal ideas.

6 or 8 x 2.5 hour sessions

Course Breakdown

Exercises will enable participants to

  • Shed inhibiting drawing habits.
  • Introduce “wrist-breaking” methods for drawing the essential form within superficial appearances.
  • Identify their strengths and work to these.
  • Build competence in handling several materials, explored as drawing implements in their own right to include: charcoal, conte crayon, compressed charcoal, graphite stick, tonal papers, soft pastels, coloured pencil.
  • Produce quick and slow drawings

Course Content

Participants are shown how to introduce reversibility into the drawing process thus allowing revision and change in drawings. This in turn leads to greater flexibility and suppleness . Each session of the course presents a new idea to work with that enables participants to make a number of different kinds of drawing over the duration of the course. Most sessions end with a short group appraisal. With 3 models over the space of 8 sessions we will break down the complexity of the figure to enable separate study of:

Light and shade and tonal value
Axial directions within the body
Pose dynamics
Relationship between the parts and the whole
Scale and proportion
Sculptural mass, study of the space the model occupies and the existence of simple geometry underlying complex shapes in the figure. anatomy and measuring techniques.

A drawing group at Make who took the course expressed the benefits:
“Looking differently at light, shadow, shapes”
“A loss of inhibition about putting pencil to paper”
“Improved hand / eye co-ordination”
“Improved understanding of proportion, and line”
“Use of rapid scanning techniques, growth in concentration”

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