Drawing from Still Life, Urban & Rural Landscape at OSO Arts Centre Barnes

This course will be delivered online.

The course aims to encourage you to explore ways of drawing with joy and confidence, while acquiring expertise. Various techniques and approaches will be looked at in detail and suitable exercises will be offered. The course will benefit students with no or some previous experience who wish to practise and develop their skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

Course Content

The course will emphasize on developing the ability to see "like an artist", which means you will able to translate what you see into a pleasing image. This is achieved by drawing a variety of 3-D objects and still lives throughout the course.

Media used will be pencils, graphite, charcoal, pastel, crayons, chalk, ink, pens, coloured pencils. We will look at various techniques i.e. at building up tone, at drawing strokes used to control the appearance of the image and creating textures. Other aspects covered will be composition, form and proportion, perspective, chiaroscuro (the interplay of light and shadow).

Teaching methods include: practical demonstrations, practical hands on experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, keeping a sketchbook, looking at the work of inspirational artists within an art history context, formal instruction, individual tuition, personal and group critiques.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

This course is aimed at beginers and those with some experience who may want to refresh their skills. There is a next steps course available for those who already have reasonable experience.

First Class Requirements

How to Enrol

Attendance Requirements

How to Pay for Your Course

Assessment Methods

Protective clothing is advisable.

You will need to provide all your own art materials and pay for any suggested visits to galleries and museums.

The tutor will advise you what materials to buy at the first class. Bring any basic materials you have to the first class (e..g sketch book, pencil, pens)

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

Bring to first class - The tutor will advise you what materials to buy at the first class. Bring any basic materials you have to the first class (e..g sketch book, pencil, pens)