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Pencil exercises
Learn complete control over pencil and technique of holding for maximum effectiveness as well as rhythm by doing simple but effective sinus curve exercises. This also works on a different level: it takes you back to your childhood when you learned to write by drawing a rhythmical up and down line; soft up and hard down, this opens you up on a sub-conscious level to learning new things. By drawing a straight line but in the same manner; soft up and hard down introduces the concept of three dimensionality. These exercises are primarily aimed at developing hand eye coordination which is of vital importance in art as the eye is the window the artist looks through and the hand is the tool used to reproducer what is seen.


Line drawings:
In art, line, light and shade on a two dimensional surface create the illusion of a three dimensional object by only using line, no shading. First single shapes are drawn and then a small composition to illustrate depth. Leaves and shells are used for this exercise.


Cross hatching
This technique is taught by completing ten equal sized squares from black to white to illustrate the different hues of a simple HB pencil. Now three dimensional shapes are introduced such as fruit or flowers to illustrate the concept of light and shade. You are taught to analytically look at an object to see how it fills the space around it and how it relates to other objects in the space to enable you to reproduce it realistically.


Combining techniques
You are given an unexpected object to draw. This breaks old habits, teaches you to see and not just look and opens up the idea that art can be anything, not necessarily what you expect.

You are shown how to create imaginary shapes to reinforce three dimensional thinking and seeing. This is also where the previous techniques; line drawing and cross hatching is combined.


Charcoal sketches
The basic technique and use of charcoal is illustrated and you are given the opportunity to try this new medium.


Composition
A composition of everyday objects is arranged for you to draw. Firstly quite simple, such as fruit on a cloth, and later with more intricate shapes, e.g. shoes, hats, etc. Attention to detail is of vital importance here, not only the execution of the picture. This again forces you to look at object s in a different way. The object loses its identity and becomes a form with planes, lines, shade and light.


Drawing from pictures
You are encouraged to start a reference file with pictures of your own choice. Now you are taught how to reproduce a drawing from a picture or photograph. Here again attention to detail is important and own photographs would be an advantage as the fact that you were there would make a difference to the end product.

Deconstruction of a picture is also explained.


Colour
Starting off with simple shapes the science of colour is explained, and the secrets of colour will be unlocked.


All students are taught at their own pace and individual abilities. Important to understand that in art there is no wrong as everybody sees things differently.

The main purpose of this course is to open up new opportunities and appreciation while enjoying the experience.