Expressive mark-making


Expressive mark-making.  Free your imagination through exploring the art of drawing in it’s purest form.  You will be encouraged to move beyond realism and representation by trusting your innate imagination, intuition and sense of play.  

A variety of exercises will help free your imagination and develop your mark-making skills to enable you to express a new playful and expressive attitude towards making imagery. 

Your learning this weekend will be creative, inspiring, and enable you to transform and re-energise your usual art making by discovering your inner creativity.

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“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



Sat + Sun


Includes most materials

Nov 16 + 17

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

4 places remaining

Sat + Sun


Includes most materials


10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate

Dates not yet decided

Email me to be added to the waiting list

Course details

You will be encouraged to explore and develop your mark-making skills. You will be guided through a series of processes, using a range materials, along with traditional and new techniques.  You will have the opportunity to make drawings that revel in their sheer joy of being expressive – a coming together of personal experience, 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 green 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 expressive 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 exploring 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.

  • 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
    Cloth for cleaning your hands
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes

  • 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 re-energise your drawing, free your imagination, be more playful, and explore drawing in it’s purest form.

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“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

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