This course has concessions available

Drawing: Absolute Beginners

A beginners drawing course for anyone wanting to explore the art of drawing in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. Students will be taught the basic skills and techniques used by artists throughout their careers. This course will give students some of the building blocks on which to base their future learning and artwork.
All necessary health safety measures will be taken with hand sanitiser and wipes available. Please wear a mask.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This course is for anyone wanting to learn basic drawing skills in a friendly and accessible atmosphere. Even if you haven't done any drawing since you were at school, we will help you to improve and gain confidence. Beginners very welcome! No previous knowledge or experience necessary.

What does this course cover

The course will include mark making and composition. Beginners will learn to draw using basic shapes to create complex drawings. Students will also learn use of line, tone, examining the use of space and light, shading and composition.
There will be an opportunity to pursue your own subject interests in drawing and you are encouraged to bring resource materials for your own use.
By the end of the course you should be able to:

Create a reasonable likeness of your subject. Understand proportion, shading, perspective, positive and negative spaces.

The class will take place in a large, airy room - Room 13, 'the piano room'. There will be group and one-to-one tuition. The tutor will introduce the subject of the lesson with a video and/or demonstration and a PowerPoint presentation followed by individual guidance and support, taking health security measures into account. There will be written, illustrated handouts for each student which will help you throughout the lesson and when working at home. There will be a 'gallery' at the end of the day where each student can show their work for feedback in the form of constructive criticism from the tutor and other students. You are encouraged to ask questions so don't be shy!
We hope to have at least one outing to a museum or gallery to draw.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Due to the ongoing pandemic, students will not be able to share resources. Although the college has, in the past, provided resources for this course, students must now provide their own. Please bring a set of 5 graphite pencils grades 2B-6B, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a ruler, an A4 drawing pad with detachable pages, and sufficient masking tape or Blu-tack to display your work on the wall. You do not have to spend a lot of money, especially if you are not sure if you are going to carry on to a further course, but, generally speaking, if you buy from a good art shop the quality will be better. Please bring your resources in a small plastic or fabric bag.
Later in the term you may be asked to bring in a set of colouring pencils and a set of water brushes. We will discuss this beforehand.

What this course could lead to

Join other Art classes at Mary Ward Centre and elsewhere. There is an accredited programme of art Pre-foundation and Foundation Access to HE at Mary Ward Centre.
Incorporate drawing practice into further desired art activity and projects. For example, build sketchbooks into a visual life-diary!

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’