What is the course about?
This course aims to extend your experience of mixed-media and composition, with traditional materials (pencils, charcoal, pastels), and the manipulation of collage, paint and paper relief. Looking at artist’s work and developing personal themes you will experiment with materials, processes and image-making, in an expressive and creative way. Some drawing experience would be an advantage.
Projects may be interpreted in either an abstract or more literal manner.
The course may appeal to anyone interested in mixed-media drawing, but also suggests common links with fine art, sculpture and textiles.
What will we cover?
- abstract and observational drawing techniques, with line, tone, texture, colour
- methods of mark-making
- mixed-media techniques – drawing, painting and collage
- looking at artist’s work and selecting subject matter
- composition in 2D and relief.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- look at artist’s work and select subject matter
- develop mark-making as a personal means of expression
- explore mixed-media techniques and materials (collage/relief)
- develop a composition or series of images.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for students who have some drawing experience (ie have completed at least one course of 'Drawing 1' or equivalent) and those with a more specialist interest.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Handouts, presentations, demonstrations, practical work, individual and group tutoring and group discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials are provided.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to develop your work in collage and mixed media on one of the 'Contemporary collage and mixed media' courses, 'Abstract drawing', 'Large scale sketchbook' or 'Large-scale drawing and painting' courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details