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Developing Drawing in Pencils, Pens, and Optional Pastel

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
8 weeks

This course is for students who paint and draw at home, but who want to develop their work, but are not sure how, and need some fresh ideas, inspiration and technical art expertise from a tutor and a group of students with similar aims to help move them on to find new paths and ways of working.

The main emphasis of this course is on drawing with graphite and coloured pencils and optional pastels in a creative and exploratory way, leading to the development of individual expression and approach to art. Exercises and projects will help students explore ways of seeing, recording and approaching different subject matter. Students will be helped to develop a project throughout the course, as well as getting feedback on work they have done at home,

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
• Demonstrate a creative and diverse approach to image making ,
• Use a variety of observational and practical skills to interpret a variety of subject matter,
• Use appropriate methods to collect ideas and experiment using relevant materials and techniques,
• Successfully review and evaluate your own work,
• Research and evaluate the work of a variety of artists to inform your own work and development in project -based tasks. ,

There is no set ‘homework’, but you will get the most out of this course if you are able to do further work and preparation at home., There is no qualification for this course., , , There is limited parking on site, but there is a public car park nearby and on-street parking.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Sarah McNulty

Sarah McNulty is a practising artist and a trained tutor, who has run classes for adults for several years. She has studied to M.A. level and exhibited paintings in London and Tokyo, where she was awarded a scholarship. Sarah has a wide experience of painting: using oils, acrylics and other water based paints on canvas and paper.

Drawing is also an important part of her creative process for recording observations and developing ideas for larger work. Sarah is inspired by colour and light in natural and man-made forms. She encourages students to learn, practise and experiment with methods whilst developing their own images, through sketchbook work, to feed into painting and drawing projects.

Her work was selected by the Royal Watercolour Society for an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery in London in 2019.

View all courses taught by Sarah McNulty here

How will I be taught?

Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook and individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress. Students will need to understand the potential benefit from the programme of study, read and interpret ideas, communicate responses that are clear, logical and understandable and manage your own time. You will undertake critical reflection and evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance/develop personal skills.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need to provide your own materials and these will vary in cost according to the course requirements. If you have any materials/equipment that you think will be useful, please bring them with you.

What can I do next?

There is a follow-on course next term and further art courses which can be viewed on our website

What do I need to join the course

This course is for those with some drawing and painting experience, not necessarily gained in an art class.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/122114/M/LC.