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Plymouth College of Art - 10 Week Illustration for Beginners

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This course is aimed at people interested in learning and developing skills and techniques to communicate visually. Throughout the course you will learn about some of the key skills involved in being an illustrator. You will also get the chance to work with unique mark making tools and techniques to create an array of illustrated outcomes!. Sessions are a mixture of tutor-led talks, demonstrations, experimentation with artist's materials, drawing 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. This course is suitable for those looking to improve their Illustration skills, as well at those who have little or no illustration experience.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place

Start Time: 18:00

End Time: 21:00

Start Date: 09/01/2018

End Date: 20/03/2018

Day: Tuesday

Fee: £200

Course Content

Week 1

Welcome to the world of Illustration:
Introductions; what is Illustration; drawing exercises

Week 2

Let’s throw some shapes:
Observational drawing with a twist, working with different drawing techniques to stylize and simplify interesting objects. You will then get the chance to learn some paper craft and create three dimensional splendours.

Week 3

Lino Richie:
Opportunities to learn lino relief printing, making musical instruments using this classic printing technique.

Week 4:

Strange oddities:
Using a range of avant garde objects including but not limited to (shells, feathers and springs) to create a range of ghostly themed images. Mark making heaven!

Week 5:

The scrapbook challenge:
Using collage to document the lifestyles of the rich and the famous, you will get the opportunity to create a mock editorial image of a favourite celebrity of theirs.

Week 6:

Final project planning:
Working towards the final outcome which is to be a greetings card which will both be hand printed and illustrated by each student. This session includes an induction to the letterpress machine in our print studio. Visually mapping and brainstorming ideas via sketchbook.

Week 7:

Let’s get printing:
Full session of lino printing on high quality cardstock. Exploration of typefaces and textures created by hand.

Week 8:

Getting on with things:
One to one tutorials are available during this stage as students progress their final images, the goal being to letterpress a card and then use one of the 5 previously mentioned techniques to create an image that marries up with the chosen printed word. Self study time and short workshops.

Week 9:
Finishing things off:
Supported self study followed by final touches to artwork, additional tutorials can be delivered on a one to one or group basis.

Week 10:

We made it!:
Evaluation of course, learner achievement and progression, most importantly… Celebration!

Entry Requirements

None. This course is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

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.

You may also benefit from having a google account so that handouts can be sent through the google drive, can also email them if required. Ultimately if you have neither an email address or a google account then hard copy handouts can be provided, think of the trees though!

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.

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