Drawing for Beginners
- Level(s) of Study: Short course
- Start Date(s): 18 January 2024
- Duration: Thursdays 6 - 8.30 pm, ten weeks
- Study Mode(s): Short course
- Campus: City Campus
This course is an energetic exploration of the ways in which people use drawing and mark-making to analyse and respond to physical (and metaphysical) spaces.
It’s aimed at anyone who is new to drawing or people with experience looking for a challenge.
This course aims to enhance your ability to produce expressive, analytical, mixed media and collaborative drawings.
It will also improve your knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary approaches to drawing and mark making.
Topics and content will be dictated largely by the aspirations of the group.
However, the key themes will include analytical drawing, life drawing, objective drawing, expressionistic mark making, psychogeography and presentation values.
You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.
Here’s what our previous attendees said:
"I would really recommend this course! There was no risk of getting bored! The tutor was excellent and I felt we had a really great introduction into a variety of areas and got incredibly useful feedback." RS
"I liked the freedom of expression and historical links to artists that were all new to me." SD
"The group were fab! Really enjoyed it, and recommended to many already." CA
"Fantastic insight into drawing, very practical and learned a lot thanks to Chris." JP
"Very interesting class, Chris is a great teacher." PA
"Chris was great! Enjoyed the topics, experimenting, everything!" SW
"Absolutely loved it. You are a great teacher Chris." CR
How you’re taught
You will be based in the Waverley Building, a beautifully restored, listed building with real design heritage in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.
You will work in the Dame Laura Knight studio: a large, airy drawing space that is well-equipped with easels and space to develop your ideas and create exciting work.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
As a result of attending this course, it will be possible for you to produce expressive drawings with confidence.
You’ll be able to produce work that crosses media, that attests to an enhanced understanding of context and an appreciation of psychogeography.
You will also be able to use appropriate terms such as linear perspective, orthographic projection, frottage, mark-making, psychogeography, semiotics and more with confidence and in context.
Chris Lewis-Jones is an artist/flanuer who travels across disciplines, media and contexts.
He is based at Primary in Nottingham, but is also an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary and Art & Craft Lead Tutor for the WEA across the East Midlands.
Although his work has been influenced by the theory and practice of psychogeography, drawing remains central to his practice, and he is never without a sketchbook!
In addition to enjoying analytical drawing, Chris also explores expressionistic approaches to mark making and has been commissioned to undertake drawing performances at galleries and other venues across the country.
Campus and facilities
Entry requirement: No experience is required.