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2B Just Pencil course timetables

Brief description

A fun and intensive ten week course in learning to use pencil and improve drawing techniques. Through a series of exercises students will de-construct, explore and then synthesise their newly gained understanding to develop and improve your observation and drawing skills. Suitable for beginners.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

  • Anyone who has the desire to learn how to draw.
  • Anyone who wants to improve their problem solving skill.
  • Anyone who wants to improve their creative thinking process.

Course description in brief

2B Just Pencil. A fun and intensive ten week course in learning to use pencil and improve drawing techniques.Through a series of exercises students will de-construct, explore and then synthesise their newly gained understanding to develop and improve your observation and drawing skills, from whatever level you enter at. This course is ideal for beginners who want to learn to draw and those with previous experience who want to improve their skills.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • I will have gained confidence to draw with pencils
    • I will developed my understanding of the observation drawing process.
    • I will have increased my visual awareness
    • I will be aware of Health & Safety issues in the drawing studio
    • I will have developed my inner eye
    • I will have evidence of my learning
    • I will have confidence to discuss my own work and that of others
    • I will have developed my ability to manipulate drawing materials to create an illusion of three dimensional space
    • I will have accessed and exercised that part of the brain that deals with visual information

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No, this is a course both for beginners and for those with previous experience and it is taught through individual, small group and class work; everyone works at their own pace.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Most equipment is provided, but you may decide to purchase your own pencils and paper as you develop your interest and skills. A variety of different graded pencils is a good starting point.”HB” is most common. Softer graphite pencils are named “B” pencils and range from “B” (soft) to “9B” (extremely soft). “B” pencils generally make darker marks because of the softness of the graphite. One downside to “B” pencils are that they become dull easily. “H” pencils are made of harder graphite and range from “H” (hard) to “9H” (hardest).”H” pencils make lighter marks but keep a sharp point for a longer period of time. Graphite also comes in large chunks that are not in pencils. This graphite is used for covering large areas of a surface quickly.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

  • Introduction into equipment and how to use it (pencil varieties and different paper)
  • How to create a tonal chart using the different pencils
  • Light & Shadow
  • Cross hatching / Recreating textures
  • Understanding Perspective / Using the grid / Enlarging techniques
  • We will learn to understand the recording process and to access and exercise the part of the brain that deals with visual information.
  • We will learn to measure and transfer information to the support (the support is whatever we draw on).
  • We will learn to believe and record what our eyes sees and not what our mind might think.
  • Discuss composition and the picture plan
  • Look at many other ways of drawing employed by our peers and artists in the past
  • Discuss the historical development of the Artist/drawing/theory/practice/purpos
  • Every step is supported by the tutor in a friendly and helpful group environment.
  • You will be made very welcome and helped to achieve success.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

Classes are scheduled for 2 hours per week. But as with any art process you will progress quicker the more time you invest, and homework will be encouraged.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in informal discussions with the tutor and other class members throughout the course to continually review and assess how you are progressing and to gain from the experience of others in the group.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

You can also speak to your tutor about other courses available and access our Advice and Guidance Service.The process of understanding drawing is never over, it becomes more interesting the more you develop your skills and experience.The process of exercising the part of your brain that deals with visual information will afford you new insights into problem solving-designing-imaging.It will give you new delight and understanding of drawings, and how they are created.

How will I say what I think about the course?

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback formTalk to the tutor, to the Curriculum Manager.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S505a 2 Wednesday 10am – 12pm 27 Sep to 6 Dec 2017 (10 weeks) Full rate £110.00; R rate £84.00; A rate £59.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

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