Drawing: Observation and Imagination

3 Nov 2017 – 1 Dec 2017

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10am - 5pm

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Royal Drawing School Central

England, United Kingdom


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  • Bond Street Station
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This intensively structured course will open students to the possibilities of drawing from observation and imagination, true to each individual’s own experience of being in the world.


Every Friday, 5 sessions, £210
From 3 November 2017 to 1 December 2017, 10am – 5pm

Tutors: Hannah Murgatroyd and Jessie Makinson

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
Pablo Picasso

This intensively structured course will open students to the possibilities of drawing from observation and imagination, true to each individual’s own experience of being in the world. Students will draw from a number of observational sources (including the life model) alongside learning how to source imagery ‘without looking’, but from their interior selves and life around them, building a solid group of drawings to provide a personal image bank. This image bank will form the foundation of idea generation, into which students will be guided through playful exercises. They will learn how to access that key moment of transformation, where the reliance on the primary source to make a drawing is superseded by an ability to take inspiration from it. Each week will focus on aspects of composition, narrative, colour, emotion, editing and mark-making , always investigating how these more formal concerns contribute to the imaginative strength of an image. The final achievement of the course will be a complete work, or number of works, drawn from the realm of the imagination. The tutors are both painters, for whom drawing forms a key point of departure in the development of their imaginative work.

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