Course Information: Drawing Techniques - Beginners

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Enjoy building up a range of drawing techniques, step by step.

When and Where


From 24 Apr 2020 to 03 Jul 2020
Fri 10:00-12:30
for 9 weeks

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24 Apr 2020
10:00 to 12:30
01 May 2020
10:00 to 12:30
15 May 2020
10:00 to 12:30
22 May 2020
10:00 to 12:30
05 Jun 2020
10:00 to 12:30
12 Jun 2020
10:00 to 12:30
19 Jun 2020
10:00 to 12:30
26 Jun 2020
10:00 to 12:30
03 Jul 2020
10:00 to 12:30


Stoke Lodge
Stoke Lodge Centre
Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop

with Sheila Broun


Fees and concessions information

The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £141 , the concession rate is £87. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility. For more details please see our Terms and conditions


Enjoy this friendly, encouraging class, where you will learn how to build up a range of drawing techniques, step by step. Learn how to use drawing media such as B pencils, chalk and charcoal, pen & ink, chalk pastels and water soluble crayons, oil pastels and soft crayons to draw a variety of subjects. This course progresses over three terms, and will accept new learners who have appropriate drawing skills, but not complete beginners after the first term. Please talk with the tutor if you would like to join the class mid-year.

What can students expect?

Friendly encouragement and step by step teaching, backed up by handouts. The first exercise starts with how to get something onto a sheet of white paper in an easy way. Then every session builds on the last one, so that you can learn how to build up a range of drawing techniques via exercises using B pencils, chalk, charcoal, pen & ink, and pastels & crayons as we progress through the course.

Late starters allowed?

Yes, but they should realise that students have progressed from the beginning of the course in September so it would be good to have some previous experience if you are starting in January, and more if starting in April. Why not visit the class and talk to the tutor if you are thinking of joining later in the year.

Contact details : Sheila Broun
email :
or phone 01761 434332

Equipment Required

2B pencil, rubber (putty, electric and mono zero rubbers are also useful), ruler, scissors, sharpener, craft knife or other similar knife, 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large pointed brush, 0.5 drawing pen, chalk pastels & tin of water soluble crayons, 220gram white cartridge paper, sheet of Canson white pastel paper – you should always buy paper at an art shop.

Usually students buy equipment and materials as they are needed for a project.
You may already have some of these.

Chalk, charcoal, ink, oil pastels, paper will be provided by the tutor for a small cost. She will also advise you in the first session about what and where to buy the most economical supplies, and what to avoid.

We will use oil pastels again in the second term and if you like using them you may like to buy the Rembrandt Polycolour Crayons or Derwent Colour Soft Crayons that are used with oil pastels.

Previous experience required?

None if starting in September. The ‘terrified’ are also welcome. If starting in January or April, please contact tutor prior enrolment

What is the progression route?

You can continue with the Improvers course, where students continue to develop their drawing techniques, and develop their own personal style of drawing.

Are there any extra costs?

Chalk (free use), charcoal 50p, ink 25p, oil pastels (free use), paper 40p for 220gram. Clothed model for figure drawing – up to £5 – only one session. All payable directly to the tutor.

Work set between sessions?

No. It is up to students if they want to work between sessions on drawings they have started. But if you do not have the time for this it doesn’t matter. It is better to come for 2.5 hours per week, than start to feel guilty and drop out.

What should students bring?

You will only need a 2B pencil, rubber, sharpener, ruler, scissors, and sellotape for the first session – the tutor will bring the paper and subject matter.

WH Smith Watercolour Pencils (36) (own brand but good) are usually on half price offer of £7.49 at the beginning of the school year in September, so it is really worth buying them at this time – and remember that if you buy them online there is no postage if they are sent to your nearest WH Smiths for you to collect.

Teaching method/style?

Demonstration, discussion, one to one teaching, handouts.