How to draw: a complete course for beginners

Course Dates: 10/05/21 - 26/07/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
A complete introductory course designed to help you begin your artistic journey. You will learn how to set up a drawing environment, how to prepare, hold and use your tools along with time tested drawing techniques.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £379.00 Senior fee £303.00 Concession £190.00

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Course Code: VO213

Started Mon, day, 10 May - 26 Jul '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is designed for those looking for a solid grounding in drawing both practical and theoretical, covering every aspect to help you begin your artistic journey whether that be figurative, abstract, conceptual or other. All areas of drawing have the same core principles behind them, think of this course as learning the alphabet or language of drawing. A good fundamental understanding in the practise of drawing is key to successful development as an artist and will solve many problems students and artists will face later on in their practise.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

You will be guided through setting up your drawing environment and the reasons for doing so, how to prepare various mediums like graphite pencils and charcoal as well as the best papers to use with them, how to hold, manipulate and use these mediums to full affect. Using methods of teaching honed over hundreds of years you will be shown a clear, concise and practical methodology to drawing from proportion to values and rendering.
Starting with simple exercises you will slowly build up your skill set whilst being guided at every step, covering simple shapes, still life and traditional plaster cast drawing exercises.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Confidently set up your own studio environment
- Successfully begin drawing with purpose
- Demonstrate how to correct mistakes and avoid common pitfalls.
- Learn about visual abstraction and how to simplify what you see into manageable areas of study.
- Gain confidence in using your materials including graphite and charcoal, understand the differences and the pros and cons of each.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for complete beginners.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The courses will be delivered over Zoom and using Google Classrooms, with extra optional assignments for you to complete between classes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

An adjustable table easel or drawing board, big enough for an A4/A3 drawing board.
For the first 2 sessions dotted graph paper (tear out pads are best) is useful in order to help create straight lines.
Graphite pencils B-4B,
Loose Stanley blades for sharpening your pencil and a sanding block
Putty eraser and ordinary eraser
charcoal sticks or pencils
Week 6 and onwards we will be using charcoal and charcoal paper
Optional - General charcoal pencils brand are recommended HB-4B (2-3 of each) and Fabriano Ingres paper (this is a laid paper, with lined texture on one side)
Paper stumps used for blending.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Have a browse of our follow up drawing courses for beginners on the links above.

Chris Gray

Having completed his studies at Falmouth University of the Arts Chris devoted the next 10 years honing his traditional drawing and painting skills, focusing on portraiture, figure, landscape and still life painting across the mediums of charcoal, oil, pastel and intaglio printmaking. He received the prestigious De Lazlo Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to study at London Fine Art Studios (one of only two studios in London teaching the traditional craft of drawing and painting within the atelier setting) where he then after only 3 years because a senior teacher and has continued to teach. He also teaches extensively 1-2-1 and small to medium groups both in studio and online, a regular associate lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts and City literary institute. During his career so far Chris has: won multiple awards including the “One to watch” young artist of the year at the Federation of British Artists Futures show for outstanding British graduates, The John Purcell paper award and the young artist of the year at the Pastel society.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.