Nicola Gunnarsson

Drawing Clubs, 

Foundation Year 2013-14, 

BA Fine Art & Art History at Goldsmiths.

I started at the Newham Drawing Club when I was 14 and then went on the 15+ Club at Shoreditch with Rowan and Leonie. About four of our Foundation Year tutors were our tutors at the Drawing clubs too, which was really great. 

The first thing we did at the Newham Drawing Club was a clothed life drawing class. When I joined the 15+ Club we started life drawing. I had never done it before, and it really opened my eyes to a different way of seeing the world. The drawings I made at the Clubs really helped with my portfolio at school. If I hadn’t done the Drawing Clubs, I really don’t think I would still be making art today. 

I hadn’t decided whether I wanted to apply for an art degree at uni, or something more essay based. Either way I was quite sure that I was going to do a Foundation year before university, so I applied to the Foundation Year.

Nicola Gunnarsson

I found the Foundation Year so much better than I expected. We got to do so many different workshops. I loved the first term, because we did life drawing two to three times a week. It was very intense but a really great starting point. Life drawing is so important, no matter what your practice is. It exercises your mind and makes you understand the visual world.

The Personal Project in the last term was quite daunting, working out how to work on my own. I learned quickly how to do my own thing, though, and now I feel more prepared for study at degree level. I have decided I’m going to stick with Art, and I’m going on to do Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths. I’d love to make paintings for high end designers’ fashion shows one day. 

Nicola Gunnarsson