Nottingham, United Kingdom

Drawing as a Journey

when 15 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 1200

This course will take you on a challenging creative journey, from observational drawing, life study and drawing on location to more expressive mark-making techniques and creative approaches. The aim is to enable you to create drawings and collages that demonstrate how you respond to new experiences and the environment around you, and how your time in the UK can be expressed in art.

At the beginning of the course, you will complete a series of observational drawing projects in the studio and on location around the campus. Classroom activities will be complemented with a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Barbara Hepworth Museum, to explore further the themes of drawing, shape, scale and texture in work by British artists.
You will also have sessions working from the life model, and topics such as proportion, shading, foreshortening and methods of measurement will be studied. You will be encouraged to experiment beyond the boundaries of these conventions.
Throughout the course, practical assignments will be underpinned by theory and art historical references. There will be discussions regarding the importance of drawing throughout history and how it remains relevant today.
As the course progresses will learn how drawing is applied in the design world and the techniques involved in conveying 3D objects and spaces. You will learn about drawing techniques used by professionals and you will be set a short 3D design brief to respond to.
As the course and your work develops you will begin to free your approach to drawing and mark-making using a variety of different tools and materials. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and reflect, exploring the fundamentals of energy used in drawing, and the resulting actions and gestures.
You will look at the history of mark making, from tribal crafts to contemporary design and complete exercises that experiment with tools and materials. You will explore mark-making using all your senses, record drawing through movements from the miniscule to the full body stretch, and create marks using rhythm, repetition and small changes. You will learn how you can turn simple marks into more confident drawings.
Towards the end of the course, you will apply the skills learnt to one or more final pieces that will reflect your personal interests and approach. This work, along with the sketchbooks you will have filled, will add unique content to your portfolio.

Course leader

Gabriel Tejeda Maggi

Target group

w you respond to new experiences and the environment around you, and how your time in the UK can be expressed in art. The course is ideal for students from all disciplines. Beginners and more experienced students will benefit. The course is less about final outcomes and more about the journey you are taking.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate understanding of the creative process of drawing from sketchbook to final resolved image
• Describe how specific art history contexts and theories related to drawing are utilised in your project
• Use a range of drawing materials and techniques to demonstrate energy and expression
• Demonstrate traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques

Assessment = a final presentation of your work.

Credits info

10 EC
10 UK Credit / 5 ECTS. You will receive a certificate and an official NTU transcript of results with your credits recorded.

Fee info

GBP 1200: Apply and pay your tuition fee by 30 April 2024 and receive our Early-Bird discount of £100. Tuition fee includes course materials, our exciting social and cultural programme, support from our friendly team of student buddies, use of our GSS Hub with free drinks, and a trip to the beautiful university city of Cambridge.
GBP 440: Accommodation in our on-campus student halls. All rooms are single with ensuite facilities and shared kitchen and living spaces. Halls are self-catered and kitchen and bedding packs will be provided. Our accommodation is right in the heart of the city and so there are lots of food shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and takeaways just a short walk away.


£100 early-bird discount if tuition fee payment is received by 30 April 2024. A further discount is offered to groups of 10+ students travelling from the same University.