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5 week short course

Thursday evenings, 6.30 - 8pm

18th, 25th April, 2nd, 9th, 16th May

£12 for a single lesson


Our Art Basics sessions are tailored to those who have not picked up a pencil in years, individuals who wish to reignite their creativity and those who would like a refresher. The classes begin with a short presentation before a structured activity takes place using specific materials. 


This half term we will solely focus on drawing methodologies and you will be shown how to successfully use a range of drawing media. By taking part on this course, you will improve your observational drawing skills, you will gain a better understanding of how to use a range of media and you will have participated in a variety of mindful activities. 


All materials, refreshments and car parking is provided, so all you need to bring is yourself! 


Session One / 18th April: How to use shading pencils

During our first class together, you will develop your use of line and tone by implementing shading techniques with pencils. We will talk about the best pencils to use for different projects, and the difference between the grades. This lesson will focus on organic forms, and by the end of your evening in the studio, you will have sketched out and shaded an accurate drawing of a piece of fruit or a vegetable onto cartridge paper. 


Session Two / 25th April: How to use charcoal

Our second session will continue to focus on your observational drawing skills, but this time we will practice using charcoal, white chalks and paper smudgers. You will make artwork based on a simple still life, taking time to consider areas shadow, highlights and midtones. Your artwork will reference a range of bottles and cups and you will have the chance to practice sketching out elliptical shapes to create a balanced and accurate drawing. 


Session Three / 2nd May: How to use pens and drawing ink

During our third session, you will expand your repertoire of mark-making techniques and you will consider how to create areas of texture in your drawings. You will have the opportunity to create monochromatic images that celebrate different types of line using biros, dip pens with black ink and marker pens. We will observe a range of items relating to the seaside, the ocean and the theme of geology. 


Session Four / 9th May: How to use colouring pencils

Our fourth session will celebrate colour! We will talk about basic colour theory and then you will learn how to blend colours effectively. Our theme will be a quirky one, and you will take home a bright and bold study that shows how you have improved your observational skills alongside your application of colouring pencils to paper. 


Session Five / 16th May: How to use pastels

Our final session will continue to build on your understanding of colour combinations and tonal variation. You will be shown the differences between oil pastels and soft pastels, before you create your final observational drawing of the course. The theme for the evening will be cakes and sweet treats (with plenty left over to enjoy during the lesson!) and by the end of the session you will have produced a vibrant picture on black card. 


Our Art Basics lessons take place in our studio here:


The Yard

1A Chadwick Road


M30 0NZ


Please note that there are limited numbers on our Art Basics course and places will be given to those who book in advance. Once booked on, you will receive a confirmation email nearer to the start time of the course with further details. This message will come from and may end up in spam folders.

Art Basics Drawing short course

  • Please note that payment will secure your place on the course. Once the payment has been processed no refunds are available, however, if you provide at least 72 hours notice, you may receive a credit note for a future class.

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