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Experimental drawing and mark making - Nottingham Trent University

Duration: Two Saturdays

Price: £195

Contact: Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University

50 Shakespeare Street

Course Start Dates

Saturday 14th March 2020

About the Course

It’s aimed at those interested in drawing and mark-making using different tools and materials.

It will encourage participation, experimentation and reflection, whilst exploring the fundamentals of energy, the organic self, the sensory self and the expression of self.

Mark-making can be the result of an action or a gesture.

Marks can use or remove material.

They can remain on the surface or penetrate below.

As children, making marks is natural, and drawing can be seen as crucial to their development - it could be said children draw before speech is developed.

However, in a world that is becoming synthetic, virtual and reliant on technology there’s less opportunity to make marks - even your signature is being used less.

On this course, you will:

- follow a methodical approach that aims to create freedom in your drawing
- look at the history of mark making, from tribal crafts to contemporary design
- complete exercises that experiment with tools and materials
- explore mark-making using all your senses
- record mark-making through movement, from the miniscule to the full body stretch
- create marks using rhythm, repetition and small changes
- engage with intention, intuition, instinct and memory
- turn simple marks into the beginnings of a drawing.

The course is for beginners and the experienced. You might be an artist or designer looking for inspiration or you might be completely new to drawing. You might want to get back to basics, or looking for the next steps in your work.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you will have completed a range of simple exercises to help release your body so that you can continue to make marks unhindered.

You will also have a sketchbook of drawing and ideas to continue working on.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some drawing experience are welcome.

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If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

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What's included in the price?

Expert tuition for two days. Maximum class size: 12.

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  • Suitable for beginners
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  • Wheelchair friendly

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