Basic drawing: FULL
Who is this course for?
This course may suit you if you have an interest in learning about drawing with pencil and mixed media, building on basic skills.
These are short interactive online live courses aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around drawing. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course.
This course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn the basics of drawing. It will be accessible and relaxed.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course.
This workshop explores the basics of drawing in a fun and accessible way. The focus will be on observational drawing. We will look at line, tone, shading, shape and some colour theory. You will complete exercises and build confidence in creating a final still life piece.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and written feedback on your progress. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection.
You will need a drawing pad of wet strength cartridge paper. A basic sketch pad and some watercolour paper is OK too. Scrap coloured paper could be useful. Shading pencils; 2B and 4B. Black pen, small set of acrylics, or watercolours if you have them. Water soluble or normal coloured pencils if you have them. If you only have pencils and paper, that is OK.
To draw, you will need a small box (cube), inside of a toilet roll (cylinder), orange, apple or ball (sphere) and eventually a selection of items for a still life, to be discussed during the lessons.
You can work from a small table at home, where you can spread out the list above, comfortably.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.
You will be required to find your own images and to print them to the size you wish to work at. You may want to create more examples for work over in future classes.
About the tutor
Carolyn Shaw started working at Learn Devon in February 2020, teaching a range of Art techniques. She trained at Coventry University in BA hons in Fine Art, with Printmaking as her specialism.
She had worked in both Manchester and New Zealand for over 20 years, as a teacher of Art and Design in High Schools, in Tertiary and with adults. Carolyn works in all mediums with her learners including digital based imagery, painting, ceramics and Printmaking. She has successfully created and sold her own printmaking all over New Zealand both individually and as part of the Studio Printmakers. Carolyn returned to the UK to live in 2019 and chose Devon, where she is selling her work now.
hen not producing her own work, Carolyn spends lots of time with her rescue dog, swims and tries to surf on her longboard. She is hoping to rediscover the landscapes of Britain and travel around in her mini campervan when things go back to normal. She is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and family.
Carolyn loves teaching Art and enjoys the moments when people create something that excites them or say ‘I didn’t think I could do that’. She thinks it is important to allow people to see that Art is accessible and her classes should be a place of experimentation, support and enjoyment, where the experienced and the novice can both succeed.