A variety of exercises will help students free their imagination and develop mark-making that express a new playful and expressive attitude towards drawing and painting. Students will use a range of traditional materials and new techniques to make drawings that revel in their sheer joy of being expressive.
The purity of mark-making
Discover the connection between the marks you make and self-expression. Making drawings using a variety of materials gives students the opportunity to explore and experiment with familiar and unusual materials and techniques.
Feeding the imagination
Making expressive abstract drawings requires a wealth of inspiration to ensure a continual replenishment of ideas so drawings continue to evolve, change, and develop. Students learn techniques that enables them to find new mark-making ideas from the world around them.
Distilling mark-making ideas to their essence is central to creating strong visually clear images. Less is often more, and students learn techniques that enable them to distil ideas to their central concept to create increasingly dynamic drawings.
Beyond the boundaries
Embracing spontaneity and freedom of expression requires setting boundaries and this session looks at how this can be achieved. Students will work on a variety of mini projects with limitations, that will set their imaginations free.
By the end of the course…
Students will leave inspired and excited about the possibilities of pure mark-making and self-expression, understanding it can be applied to all styles of drawing from realistic to abstract.
Helpful info + Guidance
“Lots of new techniques & materials. Ideas for different ways of making marks, encouragement to be expressive, inspiration to be creative with techniques, ideas and materials.” Nicola D
“Very enjoyable, non-intimidating teaching style, accommodation for individual creativity with tips and ideas offered at the right level.” Denise H
“Different mark making techniques, useful in all aspects of my art. Useful skills to start uni[versity] with. Felt like a lot was fitted into a short space of time. Learnt more than I thought I would.” Daisy M