Drawing for Beginners (one week) - Nottingham Trent University



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, psycho-geography and presentation values. On this course, you will: • be introduced to mark-making • discuss and define key terms • work individually and in groups to create collaborative drawings • create expressive drawings • produce analytical drawings (linear perspective and objective drawing) • have a session with a life model • complete mixed media drawings and explore cross media composition • examine the dominating space. What will I gain? 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 psycho-geography. You will also be able to use appropriate terms such as linear perspective, orthographic projection, frottage, mark-making, psycho-geography, semiotics and more with confidence and in context. Level: Beginner Entry requirement: No experience is required. Where you'll learn: 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. Here's what our previous attendees said: 'Would really recommend this course! There was no risk of getting bored! Tutor was excellent and 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 'Fantastic insight into drawing, very practical and learned a lot thanks to Chris.' JP 'Chris was great! Enjoyed the topics, experimenting, everything!' SW ‘I took this course as I wanted to learn more about drawing and being experimental. I've taken away a good introduction to life drawing, different mark making and so many different things that can be considered as drawing.’ 'The group were fab! Really enjoyed it, and recommended to many already.' CA ‘I enjoyed the discussions we had as well as executing the drawing. I've got lots of techniques to try and extended my drawing skills' 'Very interesting class, Chris is a great teacher.' PA Tutor profile: Chris Lewis-Jones is an artist/flaneur who travels across disciplines, media and contexts. He is based at Primary in Nottingham, but is also an Associate Artist at Nottingham Contemporary. 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. Need accommodation? You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms

What's included in the price?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor. Certificate of attendance upon completion. Indicative class size: 16


1 week

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Residential
  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
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Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ