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.
The 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.
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 is what our previous attendees have 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
"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
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 psycho-geography, 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.
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Indicative class size: 16
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
I started the drawing course feeling very nervous, as this was my first drawing course in many many years. Chris the tutor was fantastic he was very supportive to everyone. He has a wonderful way of explaining and helping you to see the beauty in your work. I learned a lot about different aspects of drawing and found I began to relax and let my creativity come through. I particularly loved the life drawing and learning about different artists as well as working alongside and collaborating with the other people on the course. I would definitely recommend this course to everyone even if like me you don’t feel you have the ability. It’s well worth it ! Very sad when the course ended. Thanks Chris.
I went into this course slightly nervous having not drawn properly since school …. 34 years ago. I’ve come out of the course with confidence, a love of drawing again and a feeling of it does not matter what you do or how it looks at the end of the day it is fun, relaxing, thought provoking and interesting. Chris immediately put us at ease. He encouraged, made us laugh, the group bonded because of it and at the end of the last session we were all extremely sad to finish and ended up in the pub! I can’t recommend NTU and this short course enough. Chris was a fantastic teacher. What do I do now on a Monday evening??