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Drawing is an art form in its own right, as well as one of the fundamental ways of learning to ‘see’. Drawing is also an invaluable tool for developing ideas in other media. Drawing is about exploring mark making. At The Learning Connexion you can explore this using almost anything that will leave a mark, including charcoal, pencil, crayon, pastel, ink, dyes, watercolour and much more. 

Life Drawing4r5Creative applications

Including (but not limited to) -

  • Observational drawing

  • Imaginative and expressive drawing

  • Abstract drawing

  • Life drawing

  • Illustration

  • Sketching, planning and design for other media 

Technical and practical skills

Including (but not limited to) - 

  • Observation: Observing edges, tones, proportions and direction of light; drawing from photos; relating to negative spaces; visualisation; memory; working from a live model; realism

  • Transferring imagery: Use of projection systems; tracing 

  • Drawing techniques and exercises: Drawing from upside down photos; controlling the direction of line; blind contour drawing; drawing at speed

  • Composition: Use of colour, form and line; interrelationship of shapes and lines; geometry and aesthetics

  • Understanding proportion: Perspective; scale; using a grid and a sighter stick; understanding facial proportions

  • Controlling media: Using an eraser; collage; frottage; mark making in dry and wet media including charcoal, pencil, crayon, pastel, ink, dyes and watercolour

  • Abstract and creative drawing: Exploring dream images; conveying emotion; analog drawing; consideration of patterns and rhythms; symbols; expressionism and  figurative abstraction; gesture drawing

  • Context: Reference to the style of expressionist artists; acknowledgement of history of art and multiple cultures and materials; appropriation of reference material  

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