Intro to water-soluble pen, pencil + paint


Soluble- Graphite | Colour pencils | Pen + wash | Drawing ink

This course introducing you to using water-soluble drawing materials offer students the opportunity to discover the excitement of working at the cross roads of drawing and painting.  Discovery and unpredictability are often part and parcel of these water-soluble art materials, although learning and practicing technique will give you greater control and precision.

Perfect for all students who wish to learn about the joys of working with water-soluble graphite, colour pencils, pen and water colour wash, and enjoy the playfulness of drawing inks.

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“Fantastic teaching.  Brian is helpful, patient and non-judgemental in his teaching and he explains things in such a way that it is easy to understand.”
Charmaine B

“A very good introduction to a range of drawing and painting techniques, ideal for someone like me who has not picked up a pencil or brush for 40 years.”
Steve J

“This is a life changing experience – I see the world in a different way and feel a new bravery and excitement about being creative.”
Jackie P



Thurs + Fri


Includes most materials

August 8 + 9

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Places available

Mon + Tues


Includes most materials

Autumn Mon + Tues

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Dates not yet decided

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Course details

Course structure

This course will introduce students to working in;

  • Water-soluble graphite
  • Water-soluble colour pencils
  • Pen + water colour wash
  • Drawing inks

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to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
During the morning students will learn about water-soluble graphite through demonstrations and exercises.  This will be followed by a creative project designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and discover the full potential of the graphite and develop their skills in developing tone and shading.  Students will be supported with lots of 1:1 tuition as well as group critiques.

The afternoon session will give students the opportunity to move into colour by being introduced to water-soluble colour pencils.  Students will be given a demonstration and work through exercises to learn the basics and then move on to a creative project to allow them time to fully explore the potential of colour pencils.

Day 2
Day 2 involves drawing with more fluid mediums and begins with a demonstration of how to draw with pen + wash.  After a short exercise students will complete another creative project allowing them time to experiment and explore with 1:1 support and guidance.

In the afternoon students will be shown how to use drawing inks with dip pen, brush, and more creative drawing tools, in order to fully understand the potential of drawing inks.

This is a great course for beginners as all techniques I teach will be fully demonstrated and students will receive lots of 1:1 tuition.  Improvers and intermediate artists will also benefit if they are looking to branch out into using materials they have not yet fully understood.

  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Drawing pen
      permanent ink or pigment
      nib size – 0.8 – 1.0
    5. Drawing pen
      gel writing pen or water soluble ink
      nib size – 0.6 – 1.0
    6. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      Mixed media pad, 250gsm
    • Cass Art: A2 size
      Mixed media pad, 250gsm

    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

  • Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Brian has a background as a fine artist, community artist and adult tutor. 
    Brian is passionate about teaching and enthuses his students with excitement for creativity and making art.  His teaching style is supportive, relaxed and friendly, yet focused on ensuring everyone is able to progress to their potential.  He is Lead tutor at Creative Art Courses.

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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.

Choose this course if you want to learn about water-soluble drawing materials

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“Fun, supportive. Good to develop existing skills. Tones, shapes, perspective. How to just be creative.”
Tracey M

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

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