Improve Your Drawing

Art |
  • 23rd April 19:00
  • 25th June 19:00

Improve Your Drawing | Tue 23 April to Tue 25 Jun | 7-9pm | £142 (9 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Improve your drawing skills and techniques within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Through a series of enjoyable tasks, you will develop your skills with line, tone, and colour in a series of drawn compositions. A range of art materials will be explored.

What will the class cover and how will it be taught?
Still life subject matter and photographs will be used as a source of inspiration.  With expert guidance, tutor demonstrations and within a supportive and social setting, you will be able to achieve drawings and compositions that you’ll be proud of.

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.

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.

Who is it suitable for?
Suitable for all levels of ability.

Important Information
There is no session on the 28 May.

What do I need to bring?

  • A2/A3 sketchbook of white cartridge paper.
  • Some coloured paper.
  • A range of B pencils, or graphite pencils.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • 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.

If you have any queries regarding materials, please contact our sales team who can put you in touch with the artist tutor:

Are there any additional costs?

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 in collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

See all Creative Learning courses here.


  • 23rd April 19:00
  • 25th June 19:00

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