This course concentrates on drawing mainly in graphite pencil, with an option to use colour pencils. Learn the foundations to drawing realistically. Develop your observation skills, master rendering techniques, and improve your skill in using graphite and colour pencils.
All images are students work completed on the course
“My course highlights were “working with graphite pencils and other new materials, having the instruction and seeing that using a material I didn’t really use much before can do more than I thought. Learnt new skills and built a foundation.”
In depth tuition to will enable students to improve their technical skills and learn a structured approach to drawing. Students will increase their confidence in drawing even the most complex of subject matter and gain a deeper appreciation of the process of drawing. Graphite pencils are used during the first day.
Students will learn a variety of measuring techniques to ensure accuracy of vision, scale, proportion, and perspective to create naturalistic convincing looking drawings. Adopting a materials-led approach will help students unleash the descriptive and creative potential of graphite pencil. This session enables students to learn more skills and techniques to enhance their drawings with tone and line.
Draw more – see more
Learning to observe details is about training the artistic eye to develop a higher level of critical vision to enable even more details to be recorded than first thought possible. ‘Learning through drawing’ is what being an artist is all about. Exercises during this session will help students develop greater flow and creative mark-making to support their developing observation skills.
Observation underpins creative vision
Students have the option to embrace colour in this final session or continue to develop graphite pencil skills. This is an opportunity to put everything they have learnt into practice to create a well observed realistic drawing that combines accuracy of observation, high levels of detail, with the expressive power of tone or colour.
By the end of the course…
Students will go home feeling confident in their observation and technical skills, happy they have the skills to draw and render accurately and realistically what they observe. Students will leave excited to have the creative potential to create drawings infused with personality and self-expression.
“Absolutely fantastic. It has helped me join the dots of past sketching and underpin it with process. The group size is perfect and is really enjoyable to ‘go on the journey’ with everyone. I have genuinely shocked myself with the work I have produced. I have to say colour was an unexpected enjoyment. 100% recommend to others.”
“Intense but rewarding.” The best bits were “understanding of shade and light to help with 3D. [The course] more than [met my expectations] although was hard work!”
“Fantastic. I saw real improvement from the first day. Really informative, really enjoyable.”