Teaching | Permission to Draw

Discover the pleasure of drawing

‘Permission to Draw’ is a live online course designed to help you reconnect with an inquiring view of the world, learning to draw what you see in your own way.

This live online drawing 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. If you’re curious to know if you can learn to draw, this course will help you discover what you’re capable of.

Each week I will lead you through 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.

This autumn’s course is now full but you can join the waiting list for the next course beginning early spring 2022.

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“As I haven’t picked up a pencil to draw since leaving school 30 years ago I was curious about what I could learn from an online art course. Tansy was the perfect tutor, able to explain and demonstrate techniques really clearly. I felt supported throughout – encouraged to try and not worry about the results. The combination of shorter and longer exercises, mixed with a bit of useful theory and examples from a range of classical and contemporary artists was perfect. I definitely feel more confident and inspired to draw for pleasure since taking the course.” Fiona


How it works

The course will run via Zoom on a weekday evening 7.30 – 9.00pm. A recording of each week’s class, plus some extra practice exercises will be available online to the group, so you can catch up or re-watch any class.

It runs in 4 x 4 week blocks, 16 sessions in total and you can book one block at a time – you don’t have to commit to all 16. It costs £50 for each block.

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.
  • Block 4 Expression – Ways to bring playfulness, vitality and emotion into your drawings, developing your individual drawing language.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course, I’m so glad that I made the commitment to join the group. I’ve looked forward to drawing in the evening and I would recommend it to beginners or people wanting to improve their drawing skills. I’m sad it’s come to an end, I’ll miss it. It was worth every penny.” Heather


Permission to Draw materials pack

art materials for Permission to draw courseI 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 £25 I will package it lovingly and post it direct to your door. (See the photo for contents)


“Permission to Draw is the gift I gave myself after 25 years of avoiding and making excuses.

Tansy’s knowledge, creativity and passion as an artist is evident in the way that she guides us through each session. It is with great thanks to her that not only am I seeing my confidence grow but also my love and utter joy of drawing return. Oh…I would strongly encourage the addition of the resource box to the course as it takes away any unnecessary pressures of what you need but because it’s also a little box of artistic delights!!” Leigh


Book your place

If you’re inspired to give yourself ‘Permission to Draw’, simply email me now to join the waiting list or ask a question.

You can also join my mailing list for the latest news about workshops, events and artwork – my subscribers always hear first about what’s new!

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