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Experimental Drawing (short course)

Why study this course?

Mark making and experimental drawing is the initial backbone of many illustration and design practices. This course aims to develop a culture of experimentation and creativity.


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Drawing is one of the simplest ways to create some of the most exciting and intriguing outcomes. With an emphasis on process, pattern and constant redevelopment, you'll experience how experimental drawing exercises are as useful and essential as life drawing or layout.

The course will include:

  • an introduction to how mark making and experimental drawing is essential practice and its relevance to past and present illustrators and designers
  • drawing tool-making workshops (how to make and develop your own apparatus to draw and make patterns and marks)
  • mark making workshops
  • mark making and its application to collage and illustration
  • idea generation and quick exercises to develop confidence, quick decision-making and self-critique
  • making texture and pattern banks to work with and develop as a resource
  • creating a zine based around the experimental drawings and textures generated
  • experimental drawing techniques

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • hands-on experience with materials and collage techniques
  • learnt zine-making techniques
  • exposure and awareness of current and past practices
  • developed techniques and practices to move marks and patterns forward into new work
  • generated experimental outcomes

This course is taught by Emily Evans.

This course is suitable for beginners and doesn't require prior knowledge or experience. It is particularly well suited to those seeking ideas or inspiration as well as illustrators and artists who want to expand and experiment.

Course dates Not currently available
Length One day a week for four sessions
Day and time Saturday, 11am to 5pm 
Maximum class size 15
Contact hours 20

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

The course fee includes the cost of materials.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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