Explore various approaches to observational drawing, to free up ideas and broaden the ways of representing what we see. These sessions are suitable for all levels of experience, with plenty of input from the tutor to the group as a whole, and also to the individual. There will be demonstrations and warm-up drawing exercises to try out different methods, which can be implemented in further drawings during the session and then back at home, to enrich personal drawing practice.
Session 1, 11am-1:30pm: Perception, Conception & Touch; Drawing using Line; Tonal Massing
During this session we'll undertake a range of short drawing exercises that look at various drawing approaches. We'll consider how to establish a sense of 'touch' in a drawing, and different ways of using line: varying line weight, outline, internal & cross contour line, multiple lines and layering/composite linear images. When looking at using tone, we'll draw using tonal massing and practice working from general to specific, using both additive and subtractive techniques. We'll work from individual objects and also small groupings of objects, drawing at a table or an easel. This session will be quite fast paced and will provide an overview of various techniques.
Session 2, 2:15pm-4:45pm: Ways to approach the ‘Long Drawing’ – Still Life
In this session, we’ll look at how we might set about drawing from a large still life set up. We’ll consider composition/selective framing; stylistic choice/intent; building a drawing over a longer period of time, and we'll practice methods of making measurements and using alignment lines to establish spatial relationships between objects. Participants can decide whether they'd like to work on several different studies, or use the time to work on one drawing. The sessions seek to build confidence in creating a drawn image through experimentation, and to encourage an awareness of the benefits of observational drawing: of its capacity to develop creativity, and to strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They build towards learning how to establish the intention of a drawing, and how that might be communicated, through a consideration of elements such as mark making, tonal range or composition. The overall focus is to engage with the process of drawing as a way of looking and thinking, and the enjoyment and progress that can be achieved with this approach.
Caragh Savage, BA (Hons); MA, is an artist who specialises in drawing. An experienced Artist Tutor, Caragh led the University of Bath life drawing program for their University and Community arts provision, and has provided online workshops on drawing for mindfulness and wellbeing. Caragh provides private one-to-one tutoring in observational drawing (children and adults), and drawing workshops for both adults, and secondary school aged children, aged 11-16. (DBS checked). caraghsavage.co.uk
Materials provided: Drawing materials will be provided (included in the session cost) & media will be monochrome: Paper, pencils, graphite, charcoal, chalk and erasers. Participants are welcome to bring their own wet or dry materials to use, if preferred.
Tickets: Sessions can be booked either individually for £28 each, or £50 for both sessions. There are 10 spaces, so bookings must be made in advance of the session/s - payment can be made in advance, or by cash on the day. To book, simply email email@example.com
Please note, this workshop takes place on the first floor and there is no step free access.