Essential Drawing Foundations


Essential Drawing Foundations.  Learn the core skills required to draw well and improve accuracy.  Learn essential drawing techniques that will enable you to reach a new clarity of artistic vision. Learn techniques to help you make drawings with renewed energy and liveliness, while questioning the nature of seeing and what it means to be a creative artist.

The course highlights key techniques and ideas developed by internationally renowned artist, author and poet, Heather Spears in her book ‘The Creative Eye’ .  

Go beyond drawing the predictable, and draw free from inhibition and cliches.  Feel rejuvenated.


“Loved it! you’ve shown me a different way to approach art and my creativity.  I feel as if you’ve opened up in me a new way of seeing things.  I loved experimenting and exploring ways of doing things.”
Donna B

“I enjoyed learning with, and watching [learning from] others.  I will now do more and think less… Fun, interesting, thought provoking.”
Lawrence G

“Loved it, not just the drawing experience but meeting like-minded people.”
Meg K

“Big learning experience.  Makes me look at art differently.  Hard work at times, frustrating some times.”
Kellie K



6.30 – 9pm
Includes most materials

ADULT, Teaching Level 1, 2, 3

Beginners, Improvers
Intermediate, Advanced


April 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11

4 places remaining

Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10

Places available

Feb 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April, 1

Places available

Course details

The Essential Drawing Foundations course is divided into six 2.5 hour sessions and focuses on drawing a variety of still-life arrangements designed to inspire you and support my teaching.  Every session builds carefully on the next, so it is important to attend regularly and avoid gaps in knowledge, although I will do my best to fill in knowledge gaps if you do miss a session. 

The course gives you a new appreciation of creativity and the process of looking + seeing;  it will teach you practical tips and techniques to help you avoid common drawing mistakes; enable you to draw with increased creativity and accuracy; and develop a greater self-confidence in drawing.

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Class 1

Expressive drawing
This session will improve your drawing by teaching you how to increase the variety of expressive marks.  
The course begins with a gentle introduction to get you thinking about creativity in your life and swiftly moves on to an exercise to develop your drawing and mark-making skills.  Increasing the quality and kinds of marks, textures and smudges you use in your drawings is crucial in creating exciting and visually stunning drawings. 

Class 2

Return to innocence
This session will improve your drawing by teaching you to draw with inventiveness, purity and artistic honesty.  
Picasso stated that, ‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.’  This session will attempt to give you the experience of returning to innocence in 2 hours!  Finding ways of entering the hallowed ‘creative space’ that artists need in order to produce fresh, personal and unique drawings is vital to enable us make drawings that express our own unique voice as artists. 

Class 3

The sculptural quality of drawing
This session will improve your drawing by teaching you to observe shape and proportion more accurately and draw shapes with volume and weight.  
The sculptor chisels stone or carves clay to create 3D form.  This session looks at how we can learn to draw like a sculptor using our charcoal to create convincing 3D shapes with form and volume on our flat paper.  This is the ambiguous predicament of all artists who draw and paint.  This session will help you observe weight, shape, volume, proportion and enable you to draw objects that feel real.

Class 4

The nature of line
This session will improve your drawing by teaching you about line and help you draw more freely and intuitively giving your drawings more energy and liveliness.  
Have you ever thought about what line is?  Probably not!  It’s only when we truly know something that we can harness its full potential.  This session introduces you to line so you can, in future, use it to its full expressive ability. 

Class 5

Beyond the named
This session will improve your drawing by teaching you how to closely observe detail and draw what you ‘see’, not what you think you know.  
Our creativity is increasingly stifled the more we name, label, and categorise things.  This session explains why our brains are programmed to do this and tries to give you a way of accessing the creative right-side of our brain.  Learning to draw what we ‘see’ rather than what we ‘know’ is the Holy Grail for artists, as this is where you will find your unique artistic voice.

Class 6

Paying attention
This session will improve your drawing by teaching you how to leave your ‘critical self’ behind and enable you to harness all your creativity and inventiveness to create inspiring drawings. Many students tell me, ‘they concentrate harder during my art classes than they ever do at work’.  Creativity requires both intensive concentration and the need to be playful.  Resolving this contradiction between paying attention and playing into one creative experience is the only way to access the ‘creative zone’ where time flies and we enjoy the creative ‘buzz’ where we leave a class with more energy than when we arrived. 

Choose this course if you want to learn to observe and draw better, understand the creative process and develop a fine art approach to drawing.

What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

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“Extremely challenging-difficulty in understanding some of the concepts. Incredibly stimulating and very enjoyable and thought provoking.”
Steve R

“It has been like being allowed to play… such a pleasure, lovely people.”
Theresa H

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses


  1. Amber
    4 August 2019 @ 9:51 pm

    Hello, please can I be put on the waiting list for the essential drawing class starting at the end of October? Thanks


    • artfulantics
      5 August 2019 @ 8:18 am

      Hi Amber
      I have added your name to the course waiting list and will email you to let you know if a place becomes available.. Kind regards, Brian


  2. Emma Craig
    22 January 2019 @ 9:54 pm

    Could you please let me know when the next “Essential Drawing Foundation” evening course is please.
    Emma Craig


    • artfulantics
      26 January 2019 @ 9:37 pm

      Hi Emma
      I am currently teaching this course at the moment but it will be offered again in the Autumn – dates will be on the website after Easter.
      Kind regards


  3. Pradeep
    12 June 2018 @ 4:17 pm

    Hi There,
    I am interested in a drawing course for my daughter currently in year 7. Please advise course for beginner’s and course start dates.

    Many Thanks,


    • artfulantics
      13 June 2018 @ 8:27 pm

      HI Pradeep
      Thank you for contacting me. Got you on the list and I’ll email you as soon as new dates are sorted. Kind regards, Brian


  4. Laura
    18 February 2018 @ 12:06 pm

    Hi there, I’m really interested in the drawing techniques course. I know you’re currently teaching but I’d love to know when the next set of classes begin and wether I can reseve my place? Thank you so much.


    • artfulantics
      18 February 2018 @ 9:09 pm

      HI Laura
      I have you details on my list and will let you know about future dates when i have them planned. Have you signed up to my Newsletter as well? You can do this on most pages on my website.
      Kind regards


      • Laura
        20 February 2018 @ 5:20 pm

        Thank you so much, yeah I signed up, didn’t want to miss anything!


        • Grace Millward
          6 March 2019 @ 9:10 pm


          I really want to take part in the essential drawing class just want to know if I could reserve a place for the next batch of dates ?

          Thankyou 🙂


          • artfulantics
            12 March 2019 @ 8:27 pm

            HI Grace

            I’ll be happy to put you on the waiting list for the Autumn course. If you email me to give me permission to keep your details I will email you when booking opens for the Autumn course.
            Hope to hear from you soon.
            Kind regards

  5. Barry Taylor
    9 February 2017 @ 4:34 pm


    Would you still accept someone onto the Drawing Techniques course having missed the first session? Assuming those last two places haven’t gone, of course!
    Thanks, Barry


    • artfulantics
      10 February 2017 @ 2:15 pm

      Hi Barry. Those 2 places are still available. Email me directly to and I’ll send you details on how to book. Hope this helps. Regards, Brian


  6. Oli
    21 December 2016 @ 2:35 pm


    I am interested in signing up for this course but am already booked Monday evenings, it mentions near the top of the page Monday or Wednesday evenings but the dates listed are all Mondays. Are there any Wednesday evening courses?


    • artfulantics
      21 December 2016 @ 9:14 pm

      HI Oli
      I teach each of my classes about twice a year so I tend to alternate the evening courses between a Mon and Wed evening. This time round this course falls on a Monday night. The next course will be in Autumn 2017 which will probably be on a Wed evening.

      However, I do teach my course called The Art Elements on a Wed evening which starts on 3rd May 2017. Hope this helps. Email me directly if you have any more questions. Kind regards, Bx


  7. Golda Pace
    7 April 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    Hi, will you be running this course or similiar in August?


    • artfulantics
      7 April 2015 @ 8:15 pm

      Hi Golda
      This course will be running again on May 29th and then on September 25th. I don’t run courses during the Summer holiday period (August).
      Hope this helps you decide which course you would like to do. Feel free to get in touch again if you have further questions.


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