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10 week Illustration for Beginners (Sept 2015) — Overview

The enrolment deadline for this course is 9 am, Fri 11 Sept 2015. Bookings will close at this time, or when the course is full, whichever is sooner. No enrolments will be taken after the deadline has passed.

If this course is showing as No Availability, the course is full. We do run some courses more than once per year so do check our course list. Otherwise, to be added to a contact list for any cancellations, please sign up here.

This course is aimed at people interested in learning skills and techniques to communicate visually. Throughout the course you will progress through experimental drawing, print and painting exercises, while looking at different types of illustration and art, exploring how to use mark-making and composition to create imagery. Sessions are a mixture of tutor-led talks, demonstrations, experimentation with artist's materials, drawing and painting techniques, one-to-one support and sharing/communicating with peers. Although you will practise drawing and painting skills this is not exclusively an instructional drawing/painting course. At each level learners are encouraged to develop at their own rate through practising tutor-led tasks.

Course Content

Week 1
Introductions; w
hat is Illustration; drawing exercises

Week 2
Sketchbooks/visual diaries - how to use them; m
aking marks master class - creating artwork from the marks we make; learning how to start from a blank page – ideas generation

Week 3
Understanding composition – what makes a successful image; c
olour and tone

Week 4
Character design; drawing exercises

Week 5
Learn how to create your own narrative from scratch; i
ntroducing thumbnails and narrative structure

Week 6
Brief a 4-week project; research; brainstorming/mind mapping

Week 7
Digital session, preparing work for print using Adobe Photoshop and the scanner

Week 8
Print versus digital; e
asy print workshop

Week 9
Optional collaborative project - make a poster; p
rint workshop

Week 10
Evaluate course, learner achievement and progression; celebration

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 21:00
Start Date: 22/09/15
End Date: 01/12/15
Day: Tuesday
Fee: £180 (instalment options available when booking for course(s) with fees totalling £200 or more)

Entry Requirements
None. Previous drawing experience is an advantage.

Materials and Equipment
You will need to bring a sketchbook, black fineliner, pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener and any art materials you have an interest in experimenting with such as ink, watercolours, acrylic paints, gouache, pencil crayons, etc.

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

10 week Illustration for Beginners (Sept 2015) — Modules

10 week Illustration for Beginners (Sept 2015) — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

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10 week Illustration for Beginners (Sept 2015) — Entry Requirements

10 week Illustration for Beginners (Sept 2015) — Resources

10 week Illustration for Beginners (Sept 2015) — Interview

Course Code: SC0731516
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