Start Drawing

Art & Crafts |
16th January 2024

Start Drawing | Tue 16 Jan to Tue 26 March | 7pm-9pm | £150 (10 wks) | 18+ yrs | Tutor Cat Macdiarmid | Studio 3

Creating art has a positive effect on our wellbeing yet sometimes it is hard to know where to start.  On this course you will learn to reconnect with drawing through a series of enjoyable exercises designed to develop skills translating what we see onto paper.

What will the course cover and how will it be taught?

With expert guidance, tutor demonstrations and within a supportive and social setting, you will be able to achieve drawings that you are proud of.

Through a series of drawing tasks, you will learn to:

    1. Explore different drawing techniques using pencil, graphite, charcoal and pastel.
    2. Connect with your observation of a subject matter through some enjoyable tasks that will increase your skills within the discipline of drawing.
    3. Appreciate elements that make up a good drawn composition through the practical application of different processes and techniques.
    4. Apply some simple colour theories in the production of a coloured drawing.
    5. Appreciate some different approaches to, and styles of, drawing by looking at artists’ work.

Different methods of teaching and learning will include practical work, demonstrations, group discussion, one–to-one advice and guidance, looking at work by other artists, and peer learning.

Important information

There are no sessions during the weeks beginning 13 Feb.

What do I need to bring?

  • A3 sketchbook of white cartridge paper.
  • A range of B pencils, or graphite pencils.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • An ink pen such as a fine liner or marker pen.
  • Willow charcoal and putty rubber.
  • Cheap hairspray or artist’s fixative.
  • Range of pastels (soft or hard) and coloured paper towards the end of the course.
  • (Optional) Other drawing materials like charcoal pencils, compressed charcoal sticks or conte sticks.

About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2, New Light Art Tour 2021/22 and 2023/24 (of outstanding Northern based Artists) and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London.  Catherine has won many awards for her art, most recently being the Watercolour Materials Award in the Jacksons Painting Prize 2023.  She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

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16th January 2024

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