Course Information: Drawing Techniques - Improvers

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Develop your drawing techniques, working on projects of your own choice.

When and Where


From 24 Apr 2020 to 03 Jul 2020
Fri 13:00-15:30
for 9 weeks

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24 Apr 2020
13:00 to 15:30
01 May 2020
13:00 to 15:30
15 May 2020
13:00 to 15:30
22 May 2020
13:00 to 15:30
05 Jun 2020
13:00 to 15:30
12 Jun 2020
13:00 to 15:30
19 Jun 2020
13:00 to 15:30
26 Jun 2020
13:00 to 15:30
03 Jul 2020
13:00 to 15:30


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


This course is for those with previous drawing experience. Projects are negotiated each term – students say what they would like to cover and the tutor creates projects from this list. Students will continue to improve their skills and drawing techniques, starting to include mixed media and projects with more personal input. Learn how to develop your own style with one to one support. This course progresses over three terms and will accept new learners who have appropriate drawing skills. Please talk with the tutor if you would like to join the class mid-year.
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What can students expect?

Continue to learn more drawing techniques as you work on themed projects which are broad enough to work with subjects of your own choice. Learn how to develop your own style, using your own sketches and photographs as part of the process. Consider the artwork of historical and contemporary artists in relation to your own artwork.

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/or talk to the tutor. Contact details below.

Equipment Required

Students who have already done the beginners class with me already have materials and equipment.
Tin of B pencils, rubber (putty, electric and mono zero rubbers are also very useful) sharpener, ruler, craft knife or similar, masking tape. A3 220 gram white Cartridge Paper, white Canson pastel paper – buy paper from an art shop. Chalk pastels, water soluble crayons, drawing board, book of A3 plastic pockets. 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large pointed brush for dry washes, a can of cheap hairspray/fixative.

The tutor has oil pastels for the class, and if you like using these you may want to buy the crayons that go with them. She also has paper (40p per sheet), artist’s grids (50p), charcoal (50p) and chalk (free use of this)

If you work with pen and ink you will need an 0.5 drawing pen. The tutor will have black ink and Van Dyke Crystals for sale (25p each)

Students may already have these materials. If you need any more we usually buy them as we need them for a project.

Previous experience required?

Yes – this is not a course for beginners – some drawing experience is necessary. If in doubt about this please do not hesitate to contact the tutor – contact details below.

What is the progression route?

You can continue with the Improvers course indefinitely, as students continue to develop their drawing techniques, and learn to use the formal elements of drawing to further develop their own personal style of drawing

Are there any extra costs?

Clothed model for figure drawing – up to £5 per session – this is agreed by the class if students decide they would like to hire a model for figure drawing.

What should students bring?

In the first session learners will be experimenting with mixed media - so bring B pencils, ink pens if you have them, water-soluble crayons, and water pot, and any other drawing materials you would like to experiment with. Also 220 cartridge paper if you have it. If not don't worry - the tutor will also bring paper and elements to explore.

Teaching method/style?

Via instruction, demonstration, discussion and application.