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Drawing with texture, tone and touch

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

  • 8 June 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 9 June 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Using both traditional and contemporary drawing techniques, this practical weekend course develops skills and confidence in drawing through careful observation and rendering.

Set in the Royal Academy’s historic Life Room, this course focuses on techniques to illustrate texture and the play of light and tone when drawing. Participants will use both graphite and carbon pencils to produce life-like figurative drawings through careful observation and an introduction to pencil-specific drawing techniques.

The pencil as we know was invented in Cumbria, England in the 16th century. Today 14 billion pencils are produced each year. For many of us, the pencil was our first art material used to create our very first markings.

Drawing has wide applications as described by Professor Stephen Farthing RA in his six classifications of drawing – diagrammatic, mapping, tracing, technical, scoring and sketching. It is core to many art practices. Pencil drawings are often the ‘workings out’ or trials. However, although pencil drawings are commonly used for preliminary studies, they have the potential to be finished works in their own right and can result in extraordinary works of art.

On this course, the source material consists of familiar small objects and black-and-white photographs, which are ideal for prolonged attention, observation and transcribing details accurately. A range of specially designed exercises, discussions as well as demonstrations, trials and critical reviews reveal the vast array of marks and tones which are achievable with graphite. The immediacy of working with pencil, as well as techniques for taking a drawing beyond a sketch and into a finished artwork, will be explored in detail.

Taking inspiration from a range of artists including those closely associated with the RA and the RA Collection – such as Frederic Leighton, Emma Stibbon, David Hockney, Elizabeth Blackadder, Tracey Emin and Vija Celmins as well as form the tutor’s own drawings, participants will gain further insight into artists’ ideas, methods and approaches to representational drawings.

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  • 8 June 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 9 June 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£420. Includes all materials, light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.