Drawing Masterclass with Simon Betts

Working in the on-site professional theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts, you will work alongside the Dean of college to explore the drama of light and shadow in relation to figure drawing. Your journey will begin on the Friday evening as you examine the ways in which artists, from both fine art and theatre disciplines, have used light in their practice to express and communicate their ideas...

Taught by: Simon Betts.

Description

Working in the on-site professional theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts, you will work alongside the Dean of college to explore the drama of light and shadow in relation to figure drawing. Your journey will begin on the Friday evening as you examine the ways in which artists, from both fine art and theatre disciplines, have used light in their practice to express and communicate their ideas. The following day, inspired and illuminated, you participate in a diverse range of practical figure drawing exercises. Within the theatrical setting and use of the rigged stage lighting, you will work with a range of media and scales to develop your skills in representing light with accuracy. As the day progresses you will further explore the power and potential of light for artists and designers to visually express and symbolise ideas.

Course Outcomes
You will gain a greater understanding of the effects and use of light within art. You will have developed confidence and skill in representing light, accurately, expressively and symbolically. You will have a renewed passion for drawing and take away a number of drawings to add to your portfolio.

Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in drawing, keen to understand how to represent light and shadow. Whether you are interested in, or studying fine art, drawing or theatre, this course will provide you with a masterful insight into the powerful nature of light within art.

Level
All levels welcome

Tutor information

Simon Betts is currently Dean of College, Wimbledon College of Arts. Simon supports the Trans-Disciplinarity of drawing as a common language, and has convened and chaired two conferences that sought to explore new approaches to teaching cross-disciplinary drawing. These conferences presented the wider landscape of drawing, and included speakers from the arts and sciences. He has spoken at many international conferences on drawing most notably “Drawing Out 2012” at RMIT Melbourne and “Draw2014: why draw now?” at Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently he was invited to speak at the Creating the Future Conference at the Australian Academy of Science Canberra. Betts was also part of the Wimbledon team that collaborated with staff from the University of Hyderabad as part of a joint British Council/UKIERI Research Project. This project looked at digital technologies and drawing in British and Indian Scenography and Betts led a drawing course with the Hyderabad MFA Fine Art students that explored the relationship of drawing to performance.

Materials

All materials on this course will be provided.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
03/11/2017 - 04/11/2017Friday - Saturday10:00 - 16:002 Days£275Available Merton Hall Rd - SW19 Add to Basket