At the end of our 6 lesson course students will have learnt how to produce 6 beautiful, themed pages in a sketchbook, practising their drawing skills in a variety of different media. You will have a collaged front cover for your sketchbook, a creative front page and 4 pages of drawing in a range of media and techniques. The theme for this course is 'The Sea', and as well as learning all about drawing, you will also be shown how to present all the pages, resulting in a stunningly beautiful collection of art work.
This course is suitable for students who are 9 years and over and is also suitable for any adults wishing to learn about, or improve their, drawing skills. The course
is not suitable for children under 9 years of age, unless they are particularly gifted at drawing and sketch book work.
At the end of the course students will be able to put together a beautiful front cover for their sketch book that will really invite people to look inside.
Using found objects (eg feathers) and recycled items from around the house (eg fruit and vegetable netting, card, brown paper, string, wool) together with coloured pencils, you will be amazed at what you can do by combining all these things to produce a lovely front cover for your sketch book.
At the end of this course students will be able to use oil pastel resist in a simple, yet very effective, way to create a beautiful front page for their sketchbook. These skills can be used in other, more complex, drawing tasks. Students will also be shown how to use coffee stain with the oil pastels to create the resist effect.
We will also show you how to use effective presentation methods that will show off your work to its best advantage. These presentation methods are ideal to use all the way through a sketch book to foster a real sense of ownership and show off all work to its best advantage.
At the end of this lesson students will be able to use simple print methods, combined with beautiful and effective collage techniques to produce a gorgeous mixed media, sea-themed page for your sketch book. You will use a variety of media for this lesson- all commonly found around the house.
At the end of this course students will be able to use a range of different marks when carrying out observational drawing, to improve and refine their drawing technique.
These techniques are invaluable for any type of drawing, whether it be in pencil and black biro (as in this lesson) or other drawing media. You will be able to apply these methods and techniques to all forms of drawing. Students will also learn how to present their drawing page to highlight the work they have done. This follows on from the previous lesson which shows students how to present their work to its best advantage.
At the end of this course students will be able to use an ordinary fineliner/black gel pen and water, together with coffee stain, to produce an effective, tonal, sea-themed drawing that combines mark making and shading with ink and coffee stain. Students will also present their work beautifully using simple, yet very effective presentation techniques, as shown in our other lessons.
At the end of this course students will be able to draw with the end of a teaspoon by gently carving into oil pastel to produce a simple, yet highly effective 'scratch' drawing. You will learn how to draw with alternative utensils and then use the same method to present your sketch book page in a bold, eye catching way. This is one of our shortest lessons but you will be amazed at how much you get done in a relatively short time. Make sure you press really hard with the oil pastels for optimum effect.
Kathy Crawley is one of the founding partners of ‘sketchbookit’, an exciting and innovative new online art programme that places drawing at the heart of all great art practice.
Art has always been a huge passion in Kathy’s life. After successfully achieving a Fine Art degree, she lived abroad, in Greece and Portugal, running her own Art studios but also teaching and discovering another enduring passion: the role of educator.
Returning to the UK Kathy worked in a number of London schools teaching DT and Graphics, after gaining a distinction in her post graduate teacher training course. The side step into graphics was in response to the shortage of female role models in the male dominated area of Design Technology. She became Head of department in Design Technology before returning to her first love: Fine Art.
In 2001 she and her family moved to North Essex where Kathy found a job in an excellent comprehensive school. In Essex she met one of the other founding partners of ‘sketchbookit’, Pandora Butterfield and together they have put together an amazing new art programme which is a distillation of all the art practice and experience acquired over the years.
Kathy is presently Head of Art in a department that gets some of the best A level results in the UK. For the past 6 years over 70% of all A level students taught by Kathy and her team have achieved A* grades at A level.
This art programme has been developed to enable a wider audience to gain a superb art education and share the ‘sketchbookit’ team’s passion for art and drawing.
After gaining a PGCE and Masters in Fine Art from Leeds University, I studied at the Royal Academy in The Hague. More recently I was selected on a Drawing Scholarship with the New English Art Club, London.
I exhibit my work regularly though out East Anglia and London galleries.
Capturing the landscape that surrounds me, I am committed to observational drawing and painting from life.
My depth of knowledge of art history and personal experiences as a practitioner enable me to provide others with the thorough grounding they need.