Intermediate Drawing

Ref: C2340891

Being able to draw well is a fundamental skill underpinning all art forms. This new course is designed to enable learners who already have significant experience in art to further develop their drawing skills at a high level. Within an overall structure there will be significant personal freedom regarding subject and medium, but each project will have a common aim. The individual drawing projects are wide-ranging and often ambitious.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

Being able to draw well is a fundamental skill underpinning all art forms. The overall aim of this new course is to enable learners who already have significant experience in art to develop their drawing skills at a high level.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Some prior experience in drawing is necessary as this is not a beginner’s course and basic skills will not be taught. You need to be at a point in your artistic development where you are ready to take your drawing to the next level.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Analyse the medium and technique of an old or modern master and be able to work from a section of a master’s drawing
  • Understand what surface and media are appropriate for a given drawing style, before beginning
  • Draw from direct observation
  • Draw from memory or imagination
  • Draw communally on a large scale

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Learning through doing – drawing in a wide variety of styles, scale and media. Occasional demonstration of a technique. PowerPoints of old and modern masters’ drawing will supplement practical work. Personal research on drawing which has personal interest/significance for you will be encouraged,

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • 1) 1:1 tuition 2) optional presentation of work in progress to the group 3) suggestions of supportive artists’ work to research which relate to the drawings you are making 4) comparing earlier and later work to track progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring 1) sketchbook 2) a variety of paper types and sizes 3) drawing media such as pencils, charcoal, pens, graphite, etc. 4) Heavyweight paper such as Fabriano sheets or wallpaper to paint surfaces onto. 5) Acrylic gesso, acrylic paint and cotton rags for creating surfaces to draw on

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Progression may be sought via Foundation at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, or through the Richard Attenborough Centre in Leicester University.

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Intermediate Drawing

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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