What is the course about?
You will explore drawing for textiles and surface pattern and the journey between drawing and design work. If you are unconfident or frightened about drawing, welcome to an exciting course where playful experiments can enrich your design work.
If you have experience with drawing, delve even deeper into this inexhaustible resource by picking up some new skills and diverse ways of thinking.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Getting out of my comfort zone, exploring different medias / textures. Discovering references / artists, sharing ideas."
What will we cover?
You will develop a body of experimental drawings (applicable to textiles and surface pattern design) exploring texture, line, mark-making, scale, layering, surface and mixed media. These drawings will be inspired by a collection of your personal objects. You will begin working in black in white and progress to using colour.
We will discuss the importance of sketchbooks and investigate how to collect lively and imaginative research. For beginners you can start a sketchbook and get advice on what to put in it and how to keep it going as part of a regular practice. If you keep sketchbooks already, this is an opportunity to share your approach with others and reflect on what methods are useful for your personal development of ideas.
Lastly you will start developing your drawings and sketchbook work into design ideas. Using the photocopier you can explore placement, repeat, layout, scale and one-off motifs. You will use collage techniques and drawing to develop design ideas. You will be encouraged to pursue a personal direction, but the design process itself may help to lead you to surprising and exciting results.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
As a beginner:
- Explore a range of drawing techniques and media
- Start a sketchbook with drawings and inspiration references
- Experiment with mark making, scale, collage and layering
- Develop initial design ideas
As an advanced student:
- Build on existing drawing skills, developing imaginative responses to your starting inspiration
- Develop new ideas on how to keep and use sketchbooks
- Push use of mark-making, scale and layering in a personal direction
- Develop a range of design ideas building on existing areas of interest and ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For all levels, including those who wish to extend their skills.
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. You should be able to make basic measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be hands on, with a bit of theory thrown in to facilitate the understanding of why we do things in certain ways. There will be recommendations for books and information on contemporary artists and designers.
About your tutor:
Lara Mantell is a printed textile designer with a degree in Fashion and Textile design. An experienced teacher, Lara has taught short courses at Build and other London art college for many years. She is passionate about colour, pattern and mark-making and has an extensive repertoire of design knowledge which she enjoys sharing with students. Lara is interested in sustainable practice and is successfully researching contemporary methods for screen printing with natural dyes. Lara’s career has included selling textile designs to major fashion brands and undertaking commissions for hand-printed cushions, hangings, and scarfs. Her large-scale, intricately printed textile designs have been represented in recent exhibitions and her light-filled paintings, drawings and collages provide the inspiration for her textile designs. .
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials included. You will need to bring a collection of personal objects as inspiration to work from. It is good idea if these objects have an element of texture or interesting surfaces.
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?
There are lots of textile and fashion based classes at the college where you can develop your ideas and learn different textile processes and techniques.
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