How to draw: a complete course for beginners
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO213
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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.
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 aswell 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 skillset whilst being guided at every step covering simple shapes, to 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 the visual abstraction and how to simplify what you see into manageable areas of study.
- Gain confidence in using your materials including graphite and charcoal, 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 Google Meets and 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, big enough for an A4 drawing board.
- Graphite pencils B-4B, loose Stanley blades for sharpening your pencil and a sanding block.
- You will be taught using Google Meet for the LIVE sessions with your tutor and Google Classroom Elearning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos live sessions links Please amend and delete suitable
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions starts.
- You will need a computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser as this works best.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera check if suitable before your course starts.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth during live sessions.
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.
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.