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.
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.”
“I enjoyed learning with, and watching [learning from] others. I will now do more and think less… Fun, interesting, thought provoking.”
“Loved it, not just the drawing experience but meeting like-minded people.”
“Big learning experience. Makes me look at art differently. Hard work at times, frustrating some times.”
6.30 – 9pm
Includes most materials
ADULT, Teaching Level 1, 2, 3
April 30, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11
4 places remaining
Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10
Feb 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April, 1
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.
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.
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.”
“It has been like being allowed to play… such a pleasure, lovely people.”
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.