Summer nights taster: 50 drawings in a night

Course Dates: 10/08/18
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A high energy evening of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Experiment with different materials - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For beginners and those with some drawing experience.


What is the course about?

The aim is to generate a rapid portfolio of research drawings, and explore new images by working swiftly, one drawing leading to the next. You will be carefully guided through closely directed exercises and then will be encouraged to apply your own experiments. We will play with traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing in tone and colour, come prepared to observe, deconstruct, invent, enlarge, reduce, copy and collaborate – but most of all be prepared to draw intensively!

What will we cover?

Drawing from memory, photos, mirror images, object forms, sound and moving image
The elements of form in drawing
Graphic techniques – e.g repetition, enlargement, reversal, masking
Content and meaning – discussion of work-in-progress.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Use a range of drawing exercises to open up new imagery and ideas
Experiment with a variety of drawing materials including charcoal, graphite, chalks and ink.
Identify at least two new drawing techniques that you can apply in future
Manage the challenges of working to a timed brief
Create 50 unique drawings.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all students; beginners and those with some drawing experience.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Set projects, tutor briefings and demonstration, individual and collaborative work, peer and whole-group review and discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring 2 personal items:
a small object that interests you, in terms of form or personal association
a photograph or piece of text that you would like to work with
Standard drawing materials are provided: charcoal, ink, graphite, felt-tips, pastel and chalk.
Cartridge paper is provided; an A4 sketchbook is useful but not essential.
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 *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Depending on your starting point, you may like to take:
Drawing 1 or 2,
Draw, paint, print / Introduction to printmaking
A life-drawing, portrait or urban drawing class
Introduction to abstract painting.

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


Book your place

Course Code: VM470

Fri, eve, 10 Aug - 10 Aug '18

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £29.00
Concession: £29.00
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