Intensive Drawing School - All Levels

Need to build a portfolio? Want to learn the basics of drawing quickly? This course is for you. Spend a week exploring a range of drawing processes, tailored to your level of experience in a focused but fun way, from basic measuring techniques to aspects of composition and beyond. Beginners will be guided through a series of key skills while more advanced drawers can build on existing techniques, explore more advanced concepts, and push the boundaries of drawing.

Course Content

Beginners will be lead through a series of the key skills of drawing in a structured, step-by-step way, beginning with basic observation and measuring techniques and extending to line, tone, mark-making, aspects of colour and of composition.

More experienced students will build on existing techniques and explore more advanced concepts, pushing the boundaries of drawing. This will be student-focused and topics covered will depend on the skills and interests of the group. The course will largely be studio-based but, depending on the weather, there may be opportunities to work outdoors.

Teaching will include illustrated presentations, tutor demonstrations; practical painting/drawing and individual tuition and guidance. All techniques and concepts will be introduced through tutor demonstrations and placed in context using art historical references, and you will benefit from supportive, tailored, feedback throughout.

Learning outcomes:
• You will learn to question and if necessary to correct your customary perception when drawing anything 3-dimensional.
• You will learn to draw from a 3-dimensional object taking line and shape, proportions, object and surround as well as composition and tonality into consideration.
• You will learn and exercise the use of different drawing media like pencils, charcoal (willow and compressed), pastels, ink and will practice drawing with brushes to make distinctive brush marks.
• You will learn how to use colour effectively within your drawing

Entry Requirements

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

This course is for all those who wish to concentrate on drawing for a week in a focused but fun way, from absolute beginners to those who wish to build a portfolio of work.

First Class Requirements

You will be sent a list of materials that you will need for the course.

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.

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