Art Different Approaches To Drawing: Drawing A Response

16 Apr – 21 May | 6.30pm to 8.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £76 (6 weeks)

This course explores further approaches to drawing, encouraging freer looser ways to work using exercises and experimenting with a range of media to create marks; watersoluble drawing materials, chalk, graphite sticks, charcoal and coloured paper.

Working on a large format you will draw from still life in the classroom as well as from some photos of landscapes.

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

This course aims to take a more relaxed and fun approach to drawing, mostly through exercises, whilst developing drawing skills. It’s suitable for beginners and those with more experience who wish to develop their drawing style and gain more confidence.

Starting with line and influenced by Giacometti and Henry Moore drawings you will begin to look at making marks to create form. Further exercises will aim to help focus on the main elements of form using timed exercises and experimenting with different media.

Your tutor will guide and support you throughout with discussion and demonstration and reference to other artists’ work

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Pencils, ideally soft pencils, from the B range. Pencils specifically for ‘Drawing’ work best, ideally ones with a thick core work well. Avoid the cheap variety packs!
  • Charcoal – Willow charcoal is ideal Some thick and medium
  • White chalk or pastel
  • Graphite sticks – watersoluble Any from the B range such as 2B, 4B, or 6B
  • Cartridge paper, A2 size and some cheap paper such as lining paper or newsprint for exercises
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber and sharpener – putty rubber for charcoal.

Charcoal can be messy so you might like to bring an apron or old shirt to protect you clothes.

Are there any additional costs?


About the tutor

Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011

Karen Lester


The Brewery Arts Centre
122a Highgate


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