A pencil drawing of fruit is in the background, to the foreground there is an apple with a pencil resting on top of it

About Drawing Techniques (VA03 Summer)

Develop your drawing and observational skills while working with graphite, charcoal, pastel, and coloured/water soluble pencils.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a structured course that will guide you through the use of a range of pencils such as graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, pastel pencils, and coloured/water soluble pencils. Gain drawing skills in line, tone, form and colour along with measurement of proportions.

You will work with a variety of intriguing subject matter chosen to facilitate specific learning goals. These will include:

  • Direct observation still-life
  • Natural forms
  • Portrait model
  • Experimental projects

This course focusses on learning through practice. Each week, the tutor will set a specific project and demonstrate techniques using examples of artists’ work. Students will undertake practical exercises to learn and apply the techniques with individual support and guidance from the tutor. Each lesson will build on the previous one, gradually developing your skills and understanding.

On completing this course, you can expect to have a range of drawings of different subjects demonstrating your understanding of basic drawing techniques. This course aims to offer a relaxed environment, conducive to informal conversation and quiet concentration where students can progress with their individual creative journey.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners with no prior experience and improvers who are looking to refine their skills.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

The studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Watercolour paper is provided and basic art materials may be borrowed on the day.

You may wish to bring your own sketchbook and bring additional materials to work with as the course progresses.

Are there any additional costs?

Any additional materials must be bought at the participant’s expense.

Who teaches this course?

Paul Bartlett

During the Summer Term, April 2025, this course may be affected by building work taking place at MAC. Participants will be notified in advance of any updates.

Dates and times

  • April – July 2025