Online Drawing Course Descriptions

Our mission is to make the highest quality art courses, to offer a positive and supportive environment and to assist you to develop your own individual approach to drawing.  All of our courses are compatible with the digital genre and offer additional instructions for those of you who choose to work digitally (including lots of fresh ideas and drawing exercises that are specific to this new digital genre).  The majority of our classes will be taught online as a limited number of live events for the foreseeable future enabling you to share this unique, creative and rewarding experience with us online.  Our courses are suitable for everyone, though you may find it helpful to start with our foundation courses First Steps in Pen & Ink  and Further Steps in Pen & Ink if you are entirely new to drawing. 

First Steps in Pen & Ink

We’re absolutely delighted to be able to offer an online version of one of our most popular courses. This is the place to start if you are new to drawing, or if you want to brush up your pen & ink technique.  Full of useful pieces of drawing theory along with simple exercises, there are 5 parts, each of which should take around 3 hours to complete. Everything is presented in logical steps that are easy to follow at your own pace.  Perfect to kick-start your drawing. 

Part 1: Getting Started

Part 2: Lines Matter

Part 3: Relative Tone

Part 4: Translate Relative Tone Into Pen Work

Part 5: Develop Your Pen Technique

This course does not include specific, alternative instructions for students who choose to work digitally but it is entirely compatible with the digital genre.

Further Steps in Pen & Ink

This is the follow-on course to First Steps in Pen & Ink.  It concentrates on consolidating the basics, looking in detail at relative tone, as well as surface detail and texture.  Full of further useful pieces of drawing theory, along with more simple exercises, it is made up of 5 parts, each of which should take around 3 hours to complete. Everything is presented in logical steps that are easy to follow at your own pace.  Suitable for everyone.

Part 1: Fluid LInes

Part 2: Relative Tone

Part 3: Surface Texture & Detail

Part 4: Combine Texture & Tone

Part 5: Visual Hierarchy

This course does not include specific, alternative instructions for students who choose to work digitally but it is entirely compatible with the digital genre.

Architecture in Pen  & Ink

This very popular course looks at drawing architectural subjects in pen & ink.  It takes you through the process of collecting visual information, researching, drawing and creating pen textures.  Working mainly from photographs (a folio of visual images is provided for each session) we study how to compose the view by manipulating perspective and visual hierarchy.  There are 5 parts, each of which should take around 3 hours to complete.  Everything is presented in logical steps that are easy to follow at your own pace and includes lots of new ideas.  The course is suitable for everyone, but note that it is assumed that participants have some drawing experience (you may find it helpful to have completed the First Steps in Pen & Ink course before you tackle this one).

Part 1: Focus on Lines

Part 2: Composition & Texture

Part 3: Apply Perspective

Part 4: Making the Subject Visible

Part 5: Texture, Surface Detail & Tone

Flowers in Pen  & Ink #1

Concentrating on flowers with bright colours, strong contrasts and complex forms, this course looks at bold techniques to create large, fresh, expressive drawings in colour and pen & ink.  Everything is presented in logical steps that are easy to follow at your own pace and also includes additional instructions for students who choose to work digitally.  A folio of images is provided for each session, along with lots of ideas for finding subjects on your own.  There are 5 parts, each of which should take around 4 hours to complete.  This course is suitable for everyone, but note that it is assumed that participants have some drawing experience (you may find it helpful to have completed the First Steps in Pen & Ink and Further Steps in Pen & Ink courses before you tackle this one).

Part 1: Fluidity & Contrast

Part 2: Contrast & the Mid-tone

Part 3: Colour: working without black

Part 4: Create Impact

Part 5: Complex and Unusual Subjects

Colour Techniques for  Pen & Ink #1

This course looks at different techniques for adding colour to pen & ink drawings including drawing with coloured ink and watercolour washes.  It focuses on the changes that occur in visual hierarchy with the inclusion of colour, considering how colour can be used to express relative tone and the complexities of creating a visual hierarchy when combining techniques.  This course is a must for anyone who wants to develop their colour work and includes additional instructions for students who choose to work digitally.  A folio of images is provided for each session, along with lots of ideas for finding subjects on your own.  There are 5 parts, each of which should take around 4 hours to complete.  This course is suitable for everyone, but note that it is assumed that participants have some drawing experience (you may find it helpful to have completed the First Steps in Pen & Ink and Further Steps in Pen & Ink courses before you tackle this one).

Part 1: Colour and its relationship with the mid-tone

Part 2: Coloured Lines

Part 3: Colour Theory

Part 4: Working Without Black

Part 5: Flat Colour

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