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Introduction to Drawing Skills (Online Short Course)

Introduction to Drawing Skills (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ilga Leimanis


Introduction to Drawing Skills will help you develop core skills that have a wide range of creative applications. At the beginning of the course we will work through simple exercises that provide new ways of looking at individual objects, still life and the model. To strengthen the abstract qualities in your work and help overcome literal-mindedness, time will be given to analysing form in space, studying light and shade and considering composition and pictorial design. 

In the second half of the course you will be introduced to simple techniques and experimental processes to enable you to develop a more personal or meaningful interpretation of your subject matter. The course is for mixed ability students, and it is taught using sound educational methods and sensitive personal tutoring. 

At the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of drawings in several media, and a clear glimpse of what makes drawing such a uniquely satisfying activity.

Course Schedule - 4 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week

Week 1
Still life / objects – line and observational basics, tone, texture and pattern.
Composition and the thumbnail.

Week 2
Figure – line. Observational basics - how to draw the figure. Drawing using line and wash.

Week 3
Perspective –  how to draw space simply, then understanding perspective constructions.

Week 4
Portrait basics, movement and multi-figure composition.

Visit Frequently Asked Questions for further details about preparing for your online course, including any equipment you need.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To compare times, please check World Time Buddy.

Tutor Description

Ilga Leimanis MA is a London-based artist and writer. She is a member of Five Years, an artist-run gallery, and her own practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her teaching experience of 10 years is varied and extensive. She helps prepare students for degree courses and many of her previous students have gained places at their preferred schools. She also works with professionals looking to develop their communication and creativity skills, as well as people taking courses for personal interest.

Ilga delivers workshops for the University of the Arts (UAL) Academic Support department, working across six UAL art and design colleges. She teaches manual drawing skills for architects and engineers working at leading offices in London, including at Foster+Partners, and she also works internationally.

Ilga is author of three chapters in Creative Sketching Workshop, published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia).

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  • willow charcoal medium
  • A3 drawing cartridge paper
  • black fine tip felt marker
  • black medium tip felt marker
  • black chisel (wedge) tip felt marker
  • rubber
  • white chalk or conte crayon
  • 2B pencil
  • black ink
  • brush for ink
  • coloured pencils or markers

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