Use a variety of materials with more confidence. Discuss your own work and the work of other artists. Develop your ideas and discover your own visual interests. Keep a useful sketchbook.
Suitable for: Beginners to art and design, or those with little previous experience.
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Art Start - A Course for Beginners
An art and design class for beginners. This course is an introduction to the ideas, methods and materials used in contemporary art and design. It is designed to prepare students that want to progress and apply to other courses, the direct progression route being the Access course.
This course is an introduction to the ideas, methods and materials used in contemporary art and design. It is designed to prepare students that want to progress and apply to other courses, the direct progression route being the Access course.
The course also introduces some art history through discussions and visits to the college library. Learners work on a wide variety of projects in the classroom and keep a note book of ideas and research in their own time. Drawing is a core part of the course.
Course one: Introduction to Painting and Drawing
You will be introduced to drawing materials such as chalk and charcoal, ink, wax and wash and graphite. You will learn about colour theory, mixing and applying colour with paint.
Course two: 3D
Learn how to develop your ideas and manipulate a variety of materials such as modelling wire, mod roc, clay, paper, card, natural materials. Two sessions of this term will be spent life drawing, then creating a figurative form using 3D materials.
Course three: Mixed Media
This term will be more experimental, looking at developing your ideas and skills through themed projects lasting two or three weeks each.
We usually start with a round table discussion and a sharing of ideas and discoveries of interesting artists or exhibitions. The teacher often demonstrates the task for the evening which is usually a one or two week project. There is sometimes another discussion at the end of class. The atmosphere is supportive; students are encouraged to find something positive in their own work and the work of others.