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Brief description

Intensive 5 day drawing course aimed at people who have always believed they can’t draw. Using experimental techniques expounded by the award winning book ‘Drawing from the Right side of the Brain’, you will see your skill improve over the week.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

This is a ‘First Step’ course supported by Leeds City Councils Adult and Community Learning. The course is aimed at complete beginners. You will be invited to learn at a basic skills level, with the hope that you may progress onto accredited learning in the future.

Course description in brief

An Intensive five day drawing course aimed at people who have always believed they cant draw. Using experimental techniques expounded by the award winning book ‘Drawing from the Right side of the Brain’ you will see your skills improve over the week.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • developed and improved your drawing ability.
    • practiced and improved your observational skills
    • have a basic understanding of right brain left brain theory & how this effects the way you draw
    • have a understanding of how the brain can both help and hinder when learning to draw
    • become more aware of edges, space, relationships, light and shadow and how these can be used to inform and support drawing.

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

No previous experience or qualifications are needed to join. All you need is to want to ‘have a go’ and willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

All the basic working equipment is available in the Art studio. It is advisable to wear an apron or old shirt/smock, as some work is rather messy. A pen and paper may be useful for keeping notes and a simple A4 ring binder is useful for keeping notes or handouts given to you.

Paper will be available to buy at each session and some basic drawing equipment will be available use at each session. The tutor will tell you about any other equipment and materials on the first session of the course.

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

Monday – Induction

AM. -Drawing and the Art of Bicycle riding, One Step at a time

PM. Your Brain, The Right & th left of it. Crossing over, experiencing the shift.

Tuesday – Perception of Edge

AM Drawing on your memories: Pure Contour Drawing

PM. Getting around your symbol system: Meeting Edges & Contours

Wednesday – Perception of Space & Perception Of Relationship

AM. Positive aspects of negative space

PM. Putting sight in a new perspective

Thursday – Perception of Light & Shadow & Perception Of Relationship

AM. The Value of Logical Light & Shadow

PM. Facing Forward. Portrait drawing with ease –

Friday – The perception of the whole, or gestalt

AM..Profile portrait of a person

PM..Self Portrait. Exhibition & Evaluation

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

This course is a structured taught course with specific learning aims for each session. As such, full benefit of this course you will be expected to attend each session. No work need be done outside classes although students will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook and practice what they have learnt.

We ask that you try to commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

We will keep a record of your starting point and ending point and compare the results. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportunities

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

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. You may feel ready to enrol onto a part of Swarthmore’s accredited ‘Arts Framework’ or a leisure course. Your tutor will tell you about opportunities for progression near the end of the course, or you can make an appointment with an advice and guidance worker to look at courses available at Swarthmore or at other centres.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in other evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

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
S584b 5 Other 10am – 3pm 12 Feb to 16 Feb 2018 (5 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

What next?

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