Sketching in Regent's Park

Ref: C2421395

Always been afraid to draw outside in public? This course is for you develop confident sketching skills drawing outside on location in Regent's Park. Learn ways to work out a composition and balance and get ideas about how and where to start when confronted with all those plants and trees in front of you. The tutor will help you with tips to show atmosphere and mood of a place and how to include people in your garden, how to make a tonal contrast, a 3-dimensional sketch, create rhythm to lead the eye around your drawing and work out the proportion and scale of objects. There will be sketching demonstrations outside to combine with drawing theory showing ways of using a variety of materials and different styles of drawing from thumb nail sketching to building up a final composition. How to build up with layers of colour using a range of mark making techniques with chalk pastels on sugar paper or pastel paper.

Additional information about this course

venue details for meeting place outside Regent's Park Garden café.

Course aim

This sketching session will help you capture the mood and atmosphere of the gardens through quick drawing techniques. The meeting point is outside The Regent's Park Rose Garden Café.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • You will learn quick sketching techniques and thumbnail composition sketching.
  • How to create a 3 dimensional drawing using a range of tonal contrast to show some atmosphere and mood.
  • How to use a range of marks to differentiate foliage types and create depth in groups of plants and trees in a garden setting.
  • Some quick people sketching techniques for people that inhabit your garden drawing.
  • Improve your well- being through enjoying an art session working with other people and socialising with others interested in art.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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

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.)
  • You need to bring your own art materials, a small folding seat or plastic bag to sit on, sketch book A4 or A3 of cartridge paper, pencils HB, 2B , 5B, charcoal and a putty rubber, or a charcoal pencil, artists chalk pastels. sugar or pastel paper, tissue for cleaning, fixative or hairspray.

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
  • Order materials from 'Hobby Crafts' online or shop, 'Cass 'art materials or 'The Works' are all good suppliers. 'The Works' and 'Hobby Crafts' do more student materials. Baker Ross online sell sugar paper.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Develop skills to draw independently at home or outside or join an art club.

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Sketching in Regent's Park


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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