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Drawing for Beginners Short Course

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Course information

Why do this course?

A course for people who consider they have never been able to draw, or have already had a little experience of drawing. Your fear of a blank sheet of paper, or drawing a straight line, will be overcome in this friendly environment.

Kingston University is considered to be at the forefront of investigating the process of drawing. We would like to offer you the opportunity to be part of this stimulating environment. Leave your preconceptions behind and explore your potential. This could be the start of a whole new way of looking at the world, and creating your own personal response to it.

Course description

A mixed-ability course for people who consider they have never been able to draw, or who have a little experience. All ages are welcome, to work together, with introductions to a variety of techniques, materials and applications. It is never too late to explore a new skill. Develop your powers of observation and broaden your use of media, materials and approaches to drawing.

Tutors on this course firmly believe that there is no such thing as someone who cannot draw – inspiration and experimentation will lead you to understand how and why artists and designers value drawing in their practice. 

What to bring

All the asterisked * items need to be brought along to the first session. A few extra items may be required during the course, but these will be discussed at a later date and kept to a minimum.

  • A2 size pad of white cartridge paper – tear out rather than ring bound.*
  • A2 Drawing Board – lightweight – does not need to be shop bought. We also have some here that can be borrowed.
  • Set of pencils; H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B being the minimum. It would be wise to have at least two HBs and Bs.*
  • Few sticks (or box) of willow charcoal, ideally in different thicknesses.
  • Putty rubber (usually sold in little boxes). An ordinary eraser would also be useful.*
  • 30cm (minimum) ruler. A plastic one is adequate but a metal one is ideal.
  • Roll of masking tape. DIY stores often sell them at a better price than art shops.
  • Pencil sharpener. A scalpel or Stanley knife with spare blades is ideal.*
  • Pair of scissors.
  • Fine/medium fibre tipped pens. Can be purchased in stationers or art shops.
  • Selection of extra drawing materials in neutral tones, eg conte crayons, graphite sticks, chinagraph crayons, felt tips, compressed charcoal, biros. If unsure about what to buy, don't worry as advice will be given once the course commences. If you do buy any of these items bring them along to the first session.
  • Few sheets of A2 white card.
  • An A4 sketchbook either loose leaf or hard bound (this is ideal, but more expensive). This item is optional. If you have one bring it along to the first lesson.

Course tutors

Emily Burton

Booking information

Dates for open courses currently available will be listed in the table at the top of this page with a "Book now" link that will direct you to our payment website. If no dates are shown and you would like to register your interest for future dates for this course please contact us.

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The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (eg for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.

As an educational institution fees for our open short courses do not attract VAT.


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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4066
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