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Portraiture course timetables

Brief description

This carefully constructed course will improve your abilities to record what you see. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced painter, our studio work, considered guidance and carefully constructive critic will be a valuable development aid in your progress as an artist.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

A practical drawing course for both beginners and those with some previous experience.

Course description in brief

You will work from the observation of the human head and figure, in a structured, friendly and supportive studio. You will practise skills which will help you develop your learning; i.e. keeping a sketchbook, looking at your work in context, discussing your arts practice.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • I will have experimented with and gained some confidence in using a range of drawing materials.
    • I will have practised using basic appreciation of the anatomy of the figure to help depict the portrait.
    • I will have increased my visual awareness.
    • I will be aware of some of the basic elements of the visual language.
    • I will be aware of health and safety issues in an art studio.
    • I will have evidenced my learning and study skills by producing a folder of work.
    • I will have looked at the work of other artists and become more confident at discussing my own drawing and the work of other people.

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

You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to join the course. An interest in drawing, some enthusiasm and courage to ‘have a go’, are helpful in getting the most out of the course.

What equipment will I need for the course?

Eventually students will be expected to purchase their own materials and equipment under the advice of the tutor. This might include charcoal, pencils, ink, pen and brush rubbers and fixative. To start the course the tutor will have some basic materials for you to use on the course. Advisable to wear old clothes and/or overalls.

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

Week 1. Short introductory session, covering the necessary paper work, fire regulations and other safety factors in the studio, and basic equipment needed in order to undertake the work.

Week 2-9. Working from the model a range of exercises will be set. These will cover: –

  • Drawing with paint/charcoal.
  • Working with paints, pencils, graphite, pastels and chalks
  • Basic and elementary understanding of the anatomy of the skull and Human frame.
  • The depiction of the 3-dimensional aspects of the head.
  • Observation of different aged models.
  • Each week there is an opportunity to discuss and review your work with the tutor and other students

Week 10. . An opportunity for students to evaluate the skills they have gained and the various solutions found to the visual and conceptual problems encountered.

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

You are expected to attend all or most of the sessions i.e.10 weeks over 1 term for 2 hours per week.

You will be encouraged to keep a small notebook of ideas, queries, events, quotes, titles of books to read and/or consult.

Looking at work of other artists, visiting galleries and exhibitions are also important activities in supporting your learning.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in an informal review session at the end of each session to look at your work and evaluate how you are progressing in context with the learning outcomes.

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

After completion of the course, it is possible to continue in the same group and build on your experience.

There maybe other areas of the Arts Programme that you would want to explore i.e. sculpture, pottery, painting etc.

You may want to take the portfolio of work to the Art College or another Further/Higher education centre and see what courses they have on offer.

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 form. You can discuss the course with your tutor at any time.

If there is a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, you can make an appointment through reception to see the Arts programme manager, learning support 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
S506b 2 Wednesday 1pm – 3pm 10 Jan to 21 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £144.00; R rate £117.00; A rate £90.00 (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?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.