Experimental Drawing

Course overview

This Experimental Drawing course looks at the expanded field of drawing and challenges any preconceptions you might have about drawing. It asks you to be experimental in your thoughts and ideas, and open to new and exciting drawing processes.

The course will take you through drawing techniques using traditional pen, pencil, charcoal to other media including installation, sculpture, photographs, performance and it will continue to relate these mediums with drawing. This is a great opportunity to interrogate your personal experience and definition of drawing.

Classes will start with specific drawing experiments where students may learn new techniques or approaches to drawing, including music and sound, and a variety of materials. As the course progresses there will be opportunities for individual working where students are encouraged to expand on ideas that come up during the course.

While this course is open to all individuals with some experience of drawing, it is best suited to those who are confident with drawing and open to throwing away the rule book!

There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty.

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The course provides a recharge and challenge to your drawing techniques where you will start experimenting with pencils and charcoals.

Throughout the course you will be invited to consider other methods and materials, your subjects, the expanded field of drawing and walk away with several ambitious experiments that will inspire you and your sketchbook for months to come!

The programme will be taught through demonstrations, experiments, group activities and 1-1 tutorials.

You are advised to bring a range of papers, sketchbooks, and drawing materials including charcoals, pencils, chalks and pens. The teacher will provide some alternative materials however it is advised to consider what experiments you might like to take prior to the workshop, so that you can bring any additional materials you require for example recording equipment.

Basic materials will be supplied (paper/pencils/rubber/charcoal/sharpener/ruler) but you may wish to bring your own supplies.

You do not need expensive or complicated materials, throughout the course we will be using a variety of papers in different shapes, sizes and textures, a sketchbook graphite pencils, charcoal, an eraser, fine liner pens and fixative (or hairspray). For your first class please bring a sketchbook of your choice (A4, A3). You will want to consider if you would like to work large scale (bring large paper) perhaps you are interested in using string, or sound or photography. Bring any materials that take your fancy and we will see where this can go!

The first part of the course will focus on specific drawing experiments created by your tutor, where students may learn new techniques or approaches to drawing.? Attendees will then expand on their own ideas themselves with 1-1 tutorials and learning.

The outcomes of the class will often take on a variety of forms, from traditional pen/pencil/charcoal drawings to other media including installation, sculpture, photography, video, projection, performance, and sound.?

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