This course has concessions available


Develop and improve drawing skills and techniques, develop drawing for painting and discover your own drawing style along the way. This course is taught primarily at college, however there will be some online content each term. Students will be expected to work remotely as well as at college. Therefore, Zoom capability is essential. Refer to Zoom support below for more information.

Tutor bio: Abigail's practice and approach to Art and Design is wide ranging. An early memory (aged 3) is sitting beside her father (also an artist) copying his drawings - she has always been a draughtswomen. Abigail trained as a sculptor at Newcastle University in the 1980's 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

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 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 one year long but students can enter in terms 1, 2 and 3 as the basic structure (but not content) of term 1 will repeat

What does this course cover

The course will cover a practical range of 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 and understand the illusion of 3 dimensional space as drawn on a flat surface.
- 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 or cultures.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
You should have greater knowledge and confidence in the subject. Please note that the level you reach within any learning area will depend on your starting point, and whether you take the course for one, two or three terms.

What will it be like

Each session or project is structured round a particular skill, technique or theme. Teaching is on an individual as well as group basis. Students learn through practice, through group and individual 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. Any online content will be power-point lectures/discussion, feedback of student work in development and group discussions as preparation for the work that continues at college. The course will be structured to allow students to develop an individual approach and self-reflection as they progress.

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

To make the most of studies, try to have a secure internet connection and have signed up to Zoom.
Bring your sketch book and any homework to the college workshops.
N.B. Keeping a sketch/note/scrapbook is also extremely important for any student who wishes to develop independently.
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.

For health and safety reasons - materials and equipment cannot be shared between students during the workshop.
Paper can be purchased at college on the workshop days. (Limited range) You will be advised as to what you will need for each session at college. Estimated cost; you should not need to spend more than £40 - 50 depending on the quality of materials you wish to use. You should also collect as many other materials 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 and develop an interest in other artists' work, as this is one of the most important ways to develop skills.

You will need a microphone (it's 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 purposes 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 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

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