Drawing and sketching - All levels

Course details

Drawing & watercolour
(All levels)
EV1024 Tuesday 21.01.20 15 £136/£61 Gearies

What is this course about?

This course provides a foundation in Drawing and Sketching from which the learner can move on to more specialised courses, such as Painting in Acrylics. Learners who have attended our courses have progressed on to degree courses, have acquired the skills and confidence to run small businesses, sell and exhibit their work or help with their current employment. The course enables learners to explore their own artistic ability and gain confidence in valuable practical skills, whether new or renewed. Suitable for beginners to intermediate level.

What are the entry requirements?

This class is suitable for complete beginners through to intermediate level. Learners will be expected to follow the course programme and attend regularly to ensure progression.

What will I learn?

This 30 week course covers a broad range of drawing and sketching techniques, including scaling up images, observation from life including proportion, perspective and how to make things look 3D. During the course you will use a range of materials such as pencil, charcoal and chalk pastels, with basic colour-mixing. We may also use watercolours or gouache as well as pen and ink. You will be encouraged to experiment with techniques in order to become confident in using the materials, completing a range of projects. Learners will gradually build the confidence to set their own projects and produce original and personal pieces of work. Learners will be expected to follow the course programme and attend regularly to ensure progression.

How will the course be delivered and how will I be assessed?


Students will be taught in a relaxed atmosphere. Projects will be set by the tutor and may include still life set-ups, working from landscape or portrait/figure-work with reference photos or looking at other artists work. There will be demonstrations by the tutor throughout the course. You will receive one-to-one
guidance and support from the tutor. There will be opportunities to go out and draw and students will be encouraged to visit exhibitions.

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor, who will assess you continually and informally. An Individual Learning Plan will help you monitor your progress and reach your targets.

What are the extra costs?

Learners must provide their own art materials. An A3 sketch pad (cartridge paper), plus 2B or 3B pencils and a putty rubber will be needed for the first class. Learners will be advised on further materials during the course. Please note that the cost of materials for this course will be a minimum of £30 There may be a small charge for resource materials, and entrance to galleries and museums must be paid by the learner. Please wear old clothes as using various different media can be messy.

What can I progress to next?

To any specialist art course within the Institute, eg Painting in acrylics or watercolours, pottery or photography as well as art courses in further education.