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Experimental drawing

The Experimental Drawing 2-day course is about freeing your imagination through exploring the art of drawing in it’s purest form.  The course will encourage you to move beyond realism and representation by trusting your innate imagination, intuition and sense of play.  

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course


Key Information


25 – 26 Nov 2017

Days: Sat + Sun
10 – 4pm


includes most materials

9 places remain
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Plastic erasor
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
      Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm   -or-
     Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “Lots of new techniques & materials.  Ideas for different ways of making marks, encouragement to be expressive, inspiration to be creative with techniques, ideas and materials.”
    Nicola D

    “Very enjoyable, non-intimidating teaching style, accommodation for individual creativity with tips and ideas offered at the right level.”
    Denise H

    “Relaxed, enjoyable, learned a lot. Very welcoming. Suitable for all abilities.”
    Ian M

    “Different mark making techniques, useful in all aspects of my art. Useful skills to start uni[versity] with. Felt like a lot was fitted into a short space of time. Learnt more than I thought I would.” –
    Daisy M

  • Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
    Tutor: Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 8

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Have a look at the Course gallery.

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    Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Charcoal (compressed and willow)
    • Chalk pastels
    • Soft pencils 
    • Emulsion paint
    • Acrylic paint
    • watercolour paint
    • Wax crayon
    • Inks
    • All the equipment, brushes, etc you need
    • Newsprint

Course structure

You will be encouraged to explore and develop an extended vocabulary of mark making.  Combined with a series of processes, materials and techniques you will have the opportunity to make drawings that revel in their sheer joy of being expressive and evocative abstract marks – a coming together of mood, emotion, technique and skill.  Drawings equivalent to music!  My other courses touch on this aspect of drawing but this is your chance to take it to the next level. By the end of the 2 – days you will leave inspired and excited about the possibilities of drawing.

Click the blue Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
The course starts with mark-making exercises to help you discover the connection between the marks you make and self expression.  This exploration of material-led processes underpins both days of the course.  We make drawings using a variety of materials giving students the chance to explore and experiment with familiar and some unusual materials and techniques.  

Making experimental abstract drawings relies on having a wealth of experience to inspire us, but all too often we find it dries up and we simply repeat what we already know.  I take students through processes that will teach you how to continually find new ideas that will feed your imagination and give birth to continually evolving drawings.

Day 2
We start by experimenting with more mark making techniques to help you create surprisingly original and expressive drawings.  Students will gain a deeper understanding of the experimental processes used by artists that enables them to reach new and unexpected results to drive their practice forward.  Through a variety of other processes students will learn to develop the freedom and spontaneity to enable you to make dynamic drawings that express creativity and a richness of surface and technique.

Everything you learn on this course is supported by demonstrations and learning from other artists images. Your increased confidence, technical mark making skills and deeper understanding of the creative process can be used to further develop your artwork whether you are an abstract artists or prefer realistic observational drawing and painting.

Student Quote

 “Very enjoyable, non-intimidating teaching style, accommodation for individual creativity with tips and ideas offered at the right level.”
Denise H

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What can I expect

Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Experimental drawing course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!

  • Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
  • Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Flexibility to explore your own ideas.  
  • Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
  • Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment. 

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  1. Kathleen Brady
    17 July 2016 @ 7:21 pm

    Can i just come for Saturday?


    • artfulantics
      17 July 2016 @ 7:47 pm

      Hi Kathleen, Would you check your email as I replied to you a while ago. Perhaps check your spam as well in case it got stuck in there. Otherwise ring me on 07816 791 023. Regards


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