Welcome to the 7 Steps to Drawing, an drawing course by AccessArt. 7 Steps to Drawing is a replica of a drawing workshop which took place in Cambridge, and it aims to give adults the opportunity to practise their drawing skills in a supported and guided environment.
Please read the following carefully as it contains all the information you need to prepare for and access the course. If you have any concerns pls email [email protected]
Who is 7 Steps to Drawing aimed at?
7 Steps to Drawing is aimed at:
- adults who have little or no experience of drawing, who would like to be introduced to basic drawing skills and ideas;
- adults who would like to revisit drawing;
- adults who would benefit from feedback about their work;
- adults who find it hard to attend physical drawing lessons;
- adults who teach drawing: the exercises are transferable and can be adapted to a wide audience. By trying the exercises yourself you will develop a greater understanding of the processes involved;
- teenagers (aged 14 plus) who are studying and would like to support their school work.
How does it Work?
Online modules – Pls access your course, in order, via the links below.
These exercises have been designed to help introduce you to some basic ideas in terms of drawing materials and approaches, and to provide you with a structured framework in which to practise your skills. The modules will contain text, image and video. The video is hosted by YouTube so pls ensure You Tube is not blocked by your provider.
If you would like to print out the module, simple click “Print Friendly” at the bottom of the page.
Tutorial groups and feedback
When you have tried the exercises, you have the option to upload your work for the AccessArt artists and other people on the course to comment on. This will be a valuable part of the course so we encourage you to share your work (and your experiences). Please follow the upload instructions below.
To upload your work
Once you have made your drawing, you can either scan it, or take a photo of it, and save a copy to your computer ready to be uploaded as follows. Please make sure your image is around 500 px wide (not much larger) and is saved as a jpg.
You may upload two images per exercise.
Peer to peer comments are encouraged, and AccessArt artists/tutors will also support you in constructive ways. Equally we would encourage you to comment on other students work if you feel inclined – just hit reply under the image and make your comment. AccessArt will comment on 1 of your images, per module.
Comments and images need to be moderated so may not appear straightaway.
You may upload your drawings at any point during the three weeks of the course and we will comment as soon as possible.
Preparation for the course
In preparation for the course, pls ensure you have the following at hand, ready for the modules.
Small items to draw (e.g. beads, pop corn, dead flies, shells…), A2 or A3 paper, sharp HB pencil or Rollerball type pen
Same items as above, A2 or A1 paper, soft pencils (B pencils) or graphite sticks, putty (or regular) rubber
As above plus charcoal
Continuous Line Drawing
Round(ish) objects (e.g. apples, potatoes, eggs – stick to one type – about 8 of them), A2 paper, drawing pen (e.g. roller ball) or sharp, not too soft pencil)
Backwards Forwards Drawing
Objects as above, A2 or A3 paper, Sharp B pencil
Seeing the Negative Space
Twigs from trees with some leaves, or plant stalks, A2 or A3 paper, extra piece of paper to make viewfinder (we’ll describe how), Sharp HB or B pencil
Selection of small objects (children’s plastic animals are ideal, or a selection of objects from around the house which are roughly small fist-sized (e.g. plug, nailbrush, ornament, small cup etc), A1 or A2 sheet of paper, sharp HB or B pencil
In addition to these materials and objects, please ensure you have a space in which to work, which includes space for your paper, but also space to display the objects from which you will be working from. A kitchen table, bit of floor space, work surface…
We look forward to starting drawing!
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