Creative drawing: introduction

Creative drawing: introduction

Creative drawing: introduction. This course is designed to help beginners learn and develop their creative drawing skills, as well as those with some experience of drawing who wish to improve their skills further.   

Learn further skills to improve your drawing methodology; strengthen your composition skills; enhance your observational skills; and free up your creative flow. The creative drawing and mixed media projects will explore the use of pencil and graphite; chalk pastels; pen and wash; and a very versatile and creative mixed media painting technique.

Journey towards unlocking your creative potential.  Take the next steps to establishing confident drawing, mixed media and creative skills.

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“Brilliant. Exciting rediscovering your skills you already have and improving on them.  Fully packed with new experiences 10/10.”
Cheryl W

“I have learnt how to draw accurately and to use charcoal which I loved! Very relaxed, great teacher.”
Sandra M

“Over the 2 days we have been taken on a journey of discovery to unleash our creativity and our drawing abilities. Can’t believe how much I have learned and improved – and how many new techniques we have been shown and practised”
Hazel D



Sat + Sun


Includes most materials

Jan 26 + 27

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

5 places remaining

Thurs + Fri


Includes most materials

April 4 + 5

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

9 places remaining

Course details

An inspiring drawing course laying down the foundations for drawing, and introducing you to a variety of drawing materials and techniques.

Consider enrolling on this course if you’ve been taught all the basic drawing principles; you’ve been dabbling in drawing for many years; or you went to art school but haven’t touched a sketchbook in ages. Perhaps you feel your drawing should flow better, be less stressful, be more enjoyable, or you’re just not happy with the results – but don’t know why?

 Session 1 (Saturday morning)
Drawing methodology

How you approach the initial stages of drawing is vitally important to how your drawings and paintings progress. Having a structured plan through the different stages of drawing is important in establishing the right approach to drawing.  This morning will provide you with a road-map of how best to approach your drawing and painting.

This morning’s drawing project will teach you how to tackle drawing complicated objects – and make it feel easy! We will be exploring the full creative potential of pencil and graphite.

Session 2 (Saturday afternoon)
Composition skills
Being able to draw individual objects is great, but how do you begin to think about building a picture of multiple objects?  This afternoon’s project will teach you how to consider composition.  You will learn how to create a focal point, develop a hierarchy of interest so your placement of objects is well thought out, along with considering the role of tone and colour in creating an appealing visual journey for the viewer to better engage with your drawings and paintings.

This afternoon’s drawing and painting project will teach you how to create an effective cohesive composition. We will be exploring the full creative potential of pen and ink with either watercolour or acrylic colour wash.

Session 3 (Sunday morning)
Observational skills
Developing your ability to observe details is about training your eye over many hours of drawing.  Developing the skills of seeking out information and ‘learning through drawing’ is what being an artist is all about.  This morning’s project will give you the opportunity to seek out as many new details from the most familiar subject of all – yourself!  By the end of the project you will have learnt that it is possible to see more and more detail the longer we draw – and it’s this detail which keeps us and the viewer interested in looking at our drawings and paintings.

This morning’s drawing project will teach you how to increase your observational skills giving you confidence that you can ‘see like an artist’ We will be exploring the full creative potential of chalk pastel and pencil.

 Session 4 (Sunday afternoon)
Creativity with a free-spirit
Creating satisfying drawings is about a balance of technical and creative skills.  Knowing you can create controlled, as well as free-spirited drawings will give you the confidence to leave knowing you can tackle any drawing and mixed media project in the future.  This afternoon will give you the freedom to use all your newly developed skills and combine them with a fresh free-spirited approach to drawing.

This afternoon’s mixed-media project will give you the opportunity to let all your technical skills settle, and give you the springboard to allow your creative free-spirit rise up and take the lead.

We will be exploring the full creative potential of charcoal, emulsion, chalk pastel and drawing ink while making free and expressive drawings infused with your personality.

  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
    • Winsor + Newton: A2 size
      Medium Surface cartridge pad

    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’re ready to take the next steps to establishing a strong confident foundation in drawing and mixed media.

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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“Firstly it was a very supportive and relaxed environment.  Brian was very positive about your work.  I feel very enthusiastic about continuing my art outside the class.”
Chris B

“A very enjoyable experience where I learned so much.  Brian is a great tutor and the environment is inspiring.  I’ve learnt how to structure drawings but also how to find my own style.”
Chris C

“Extremely informative and challenging.  The textures exercise was particularly good fun. 
Stephen C


  1. victoria
    2 February 2018 @ 11:57 pm

    I would be interested to sign up for a creative drawing class when the next dates become available Mid-to end of Feb


    • artfulantics
      3 February 2018 @ 7:53 pm

      Hi Victoria
      I will email you with the new course dates soon. Kind regards


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