New online course for 2021

Permission to draw

We all draw naturally as children but, somehow as we grow up most of us grow away from drawing and think of it as a specialist skill rather than a natural human ability. I believe that drawing is a skill which can be taught and which anyone can learn.

‘Permission to Draw’ is designed to help you reconnect with that inquiring, child-like view of the world and learn to see and represent it in your own way.

The course is suitable for complete beginners, secret zoom doodlers, reluctant diagram makers and competent colouring in-ers! It is also good for people who once loved art but have lost it along the way and would really like to reconnect with their creative selves.

Course overview

Block 1 - Perception

Introducing the key skills of visual perception to help you learn to look in a new way and draw what you actually see.

Block 2 - Representation

Learning how to use line, tone and a variety of mark-making and materials to describe what you see.

Block 3 – Principles

Some useful theory on perspective, proportions and composition to make your drawings more accurate and impactful.

Block 4 – Expression

Ways to bring playfulness, vitality and emotion into your drawings, developing your individual drawing language.

I am an experienced artist/tutor and have helped hundreds of adults to discover the pleasure of drawing. Each week I will lead you through drawing tasks to develop your perceptive skills, your knowledge of drawing approaches and your confidence to play and experiment. Expect calm and contemplative exercises with enough challenge to keep you progressing, with guidance from me all the way alongside a supportive group of other learners.

Email me to reserve a place on the next course.

The nitty gritty...

Permission to Draw Course

  • The course runs in 4 x 4 week blocks, 16 sessions in total, 7.30-9.00pm on a weekday evening
  • You can book one block at a time - you don’t have to commit to all 16
  • The Course will run via a live Zoom session – you will need a computer/phone/tablet with a camera so I can see you and your work.
  • A recording of each week’s session, plus some extras to practise will be available online to the group only.
  • £48 for each block

Optional extra

Permission to Draw materials pack

I love shopping for art materials but know it can very quickly get expensive, so I have used my bulk buying artist powers and put together a specially selected materials pack with everything you will need for the course. For £24 I will package it lovingly and post it direct to your door. (See the photo for contents, UK postage only)

How to book your place

The current course is now full, but  you can email me to add your name to the waiting list for the next course.

If you're not sure if the course is for you yet, you're very welcome to get in touch with any questions and you can join my studio newsletter for the latest on artwork, courses and events.