This course has concessions available

Drawing – ONLINE

Develop and improve skills and techniques in drawing for painting. This course is for everyone wanting to explore fully the art of drawing in a friendly and accessible ambience, and to study drawing in a variety of contexts and approaches. A perfect next step for those who attended the Absolute Beginners course, although beginners are very welcome.

Tutor Profile:Abigail trained as a sculptor at Newcastle University in the 1980s before working on private and public realm commissions nationally. Teaching has always been a part of her professional
practice and her knowledge and creative use of 2d and 3d materials is inspiring.
More recent works and creative practice can be viewed at

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

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

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone wanting to explore the art of drawing in all its variety. Suitable for all levels, including adventurous beginners. A perfect next step for those who attended the Absolute Beginners course. Students at whatever level should have an interest in visual phenomena, be prepared to take risks and experiment. Those with some experience will be able to use the course to consolidate and expand skills and approaches. The course is also a taster for a 12 week drawing programme.

What does this course cover

The course will cover some practical skills, techniques and approaches associated with drawing in art and design. Sources for work will be varied, e.g. from observation, from imagination, from other artists. Sketchbook development is an essential part of the course. Understand and apply basic principles of observation in relationship to drawing. Develop and or expand skills using different drawing techniques. Work with a variety of wet and dry media, e.g. ink and charcoal. Use drawing techniques in different ways, e.g. from observation, expressively, and towards abstraction. Discuss, appreciate and learn about approaches to drawing from your own and others work, including fellow students and artists from different periods and cultures.

By the end of the course you should have greater knowledge and confidence in the subject. As a taster course you should be fired up to do more!

What will it be like

The programme for the short course will be structured round a particular skill set,
technique or theme. Teaching is on a group basis. Students learn through practice,
through group discussion, and through looking at their own and others' work. Work
produced is discussed by the group to develop analytical skills. Examples of artists'
work will be shown as appropriate. Online content will be power-point
lectures/discussion, feedback of student work, allowing students to develop an
individual approach and self-reflection as they progress.

Teaching methods: Written handouts. Group discussions Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, reading handouts and following instructions.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Make sure you have a secure internet
connection and have signed up to Zoom. Keeping a sketch/note/scrapbook is also
extremely important for any student who wishes to develop their creative process.
While working from home a larger sketchbook is appropriate A3/A2. Cartridge
paper .
You will need a basic artist tool kit:
Black and White media:
Range of drawing pencils including HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B
Drawing pen (a dip pen and a small bottle of black or sepia ink and or a Pilot drawing
pen with suggested point size 0.25)
Putty rubber and plastic rubber
Graphite stick 2B, 4B, 6B
Charcoal willow and compressed
Colour media:
Paint watercolour/acrylic/gouache (which should include primary colours and black
and white)
A selection of brushes synthetic sizes small/medium/large
A palette or an old white plate
Pastels chalk -
Also masking tape, craft knife, steel rule. System 3 white acrylic paint (250ml bottle).
Tin/paper plate/plastic food trays to also be use as palettes - Jars/tins for water -
Apron/ old shirt for working in.
Estimated cost; you should not need to spend more than £40 depending on the
quality of materials you wish to use. You should also collect as many other material
as possible e.g. wax pastels, markers and felt tips, colour pencils and coloured
papers for collage, e.g. from glossy mags, tissue, wrapping etc.
Students are encouraged to visit exhibitions (online) and develop an interest in other
artists' work, as this is one of the most important ways to develop skills.

The online course content will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed
it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up
for free here:
You will need a microphone (its fine to use whatever is built into your device) and
camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during
the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or
other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a
smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but
you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities
involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as
possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can
concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of
the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and
training but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the
Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to
do so.

What this course could lead to

Many other courses at the Mary Ward Centre and other colleges would be suitable to
progress graphic work e.g. painting, printmaking, textiles, collage, stained glass,
design, graphics, fashion. The course is also suitable for those intending to apply for,
or already taking certificated Mary Ward Courses (Pre-foundation in Art & Design,
Foundation). It will assist in the development of individual visual language and
subject matter, and in general portfolio preparation.
There is detailed information about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre can be
found online. Creative Arts queries:

There is detailed information in reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectus for other London Colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask your tutor.
Information about learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: Tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:,,,,

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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