Improve Your Drawing

Art |
To book please contact our sales team

Improve Your Drawing | Tue 18 Apr to Tue 20 Jun | 7-9pm | £135 (8 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

The start date of this class has passed however there may still be places available. Please contact our Sales Team to find out more, email or call 01539 725 133.

Drawing is a fundamental skill instinctive from an early age, however, for whatever reason, many people don’t carry on drawing in adulthood. During Improve Your Drawing, participants will learn to reconnect with drawing through a series of enjoyable exercises designed to develop skills in translating what we see onto paper. Still-life subject matter will be primarily used as a source of inspiration.

What will the course or workshop 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 well 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 29 May and 5 June.

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.
  • Range of pastels (soft or hard).
  • Cheap hairspray or artist’s fixative.

(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 award for young artists in 2001/2.  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 home-based studio in Kendal.  Catherine’s artwork focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing & painting.

See all Creative Learning courses here.


To book please contact our sales team

You might like...


Language Classes 2024


Learn a language! Whether you are a complete beginner hoping to strike up a conversation on holiday, or someone wanting to refine previous knowledge -...

Read more
Print Room Members Access

Print Room Members Sessions

Print Room Members Access | Tue 5 Dec | 11am-3pm or 6-9pm | Thu 7 Dec | 11am - 3pm | Tue 9 Jan -...

Book now
Art & Crafts

Mini Art Explorers

Mini Art Explorers | Tue 5 Dec | Tue 9 Jan to Tue 19 Mar | 11.30am-12.30pm | £60 (10 wks) | £7 PAYG |...

Book now

Supported by