Observational Drawing

Course overview

Under the guidance of our prize-winning and expert tutor discover the intensely investigative process of observational drawing, which underpins all aspects of practical 2D work. Throughout this practical six week course you will learn how to plan and construct still life drawings using established techniques, learning about composition and how artists use measuring to help make sure their image is in proportion.

Your tutor will demonstrate how to use tone, cross-hatching and line to create shadow and depth, making your drawings look three-dimensional using a variety of mediums including pencil, felt-tip and charcoal. ?This course is an experimental and playful look at observational drawing, ending with a life drawing session where you can really explore your newfound skills.

This course is suitable for beginners and those returning to drawing.

There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty.

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You will learn:

  • how to use measuring techniques when planning a drawing
  • how to use line to construct a drawing
  • how we use tone to create shadow
  • how to draw the figure
  • how to plan and draw from a still-life
  • using these learnt techniques to create your own drawing
  • how to use a range of drawing materials to enhance drawing skills
  • drawing from Life

You will be taken through each stage with teacher demonstration and guidance and 1-1 tutorials to allow you to learn at your own pace and given further resources to help you create your own drawing of a still life in the material of your choice.

All materials listed below will be supplied but you may wish to bring your own supplies:

  • 2b and B drawing pencils
  • eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • biro
  • marker pen/felt tip
  • charcoal
  • hairspray
  • A3 sketchpad / cartridge paper

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