Traditional and contemporary drawing skills
Foundation Drawing is an opportunity for kids aged 10-16 to learn focussed drawing skills and techniques to support their creativity. Each week different activities will concentrate on learning specific aspects of drawing. These build up overall strategies in how we see and draw objects and people. The activities are structured to allow all skill levels to achieve and improve. They combine drawing from observation or tracing, with explorations of rendering and shading methods. A variety of mediums will also be explored, including graphite (grey lead) pencil, fine liner, charcoal and pastels. This regular practice with a variety of strategies will build artistic confidence, and a strong skill base demonstrated in a collection of striking artworks.
Saturday Afternoons 2:00 — 3:30
Learn new drawing techniques
This drawing workshop is perfect is for people wanting to try out drawing regardless of skill level. Based on tracing the image, you will learn numerous methods for rendering and representing shape, tone and form. These studies will then be combined with your chosen portrait image to create imaginative new artworks. Techniques explored will include realistic rendering with graphite (grey lead) pencils, pattern used to create tone, line to define form, and high contrast colour combinations. The skills learnt in these studies can be transferred to drawing any subject matter. So come along and surprise yourself.
All drawing materials supplied.
Friday Afternoon 2:00 — 5:00
Learn foundation skills
This course is perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to learn to draw. Designed for beginners, the engaging exercises will build your skills and confidence to draw what you want to. A variety of strategies using line, tone and pattern will be taught to support the courses’ main focus of drawing from observation. You will also learn material use of graded pencil (2H – 6B), charcoal and pastels and gain a better understanding of composition. Starting with simple exercises, you will progress through to detailed studies, life drawing and portraits.
Tuesday Nights 6:30 — 9:00
GREAT FOR BEGINNERS
Learn how to draw the figure from observation. This course will build your skills from how to set up, use of materials, various observation techniques, understanding anatomy and how to control shape and structure through the use of tone. Pose lengths will vary in duration to allow you to warm up and explore different aspects of drawing. Models will be nude and/or draped depending on the activity. Various drawing materials included.
Explore your drawing style
These sessions are for anyone who wants to practice their observational drawing skills and would like access to space and life models. The well-lit studio at Metro Art Dept comes equipped with Easels, stools and drawing boards, along with tables and chairs for those who prefer to sit while drawing. Drawing materials not provided.
Focused life drawing
Most who take part in life drawing sessions have wished for more time with a pose at some stage. The long poses featured in this course allow for your observational drawing skills to progress to the next level. The tutored classes will guide you with strategies and techniques to utilise this extra time, highlighting realisation of detail, control of tone and compositional structure. Poses will start of at 20min and will expand to three sessions by the end of the course with the aim of producing resolved drawings.
This course is ideal for intermediate artists looking to hone their drawing skills
Find your style
Inventive Drawing is designed for anyone who is comfortable drawing from observation, but wants to develop their own drawing style. It provides an engaging investigation of drawing with exercises and challenges designed to get you out of your comfort zone and expand your creative and drawing vocabulary. Learn different approaches to capturing or obscuring detail. Investigate how line and gesture can create emphasis and mood. The course focus is to equip you with strategies, techniques and creative inspirations to produce a range of original drawings that will open you up to new possibilities and directions. The workshops will offer a stimulating mixture of drawing from observation, life drawing, portraiture, abstraction and experimentation.
Drawing can be viewed as one of the purest forms of visual communication. Drawings can capture likenesses, moods, moments, provide technical information or instruction, or be objects of beauty in their own right. A simple line can capture the physical and emotional gesture of the artist like a movement frozen in time.
One of the most important aspects of drawing is the act of seeing. At Metro Art Dept we will to teach you how to translate what you see into considered drawings. Our varied drawing activities are designed to exercise different parts of your mind and expand your drawing skills repertoire.
So come along and learn something new or hone your skills.