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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code W23PDGE03H
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Blended in-centre delivery with Social Distancing and Online - Develop observational skills through the use of a life model. This is an intensive study of the human form. All abilities welcome. Beginners are guided through 6 week drawing course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Paint with a limited palette
  • Work with greater awareness of painting and drawing the form without the use of light & shade
  • Work with confidence and create with individual vision without feeling daunted by technique
  • Increase a visual vocabulary through the use of a wide variety of tools and materials
  • Draw using: line, mass, mark making, brush and tone, in a variety of speeds and mixing media
  • Mix colour to create space


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This is a practical class, and you will spend most of your class time drawing and / or painting. The course will focus on observational studies drawing and painting from a live model. If you choose the online option, you may also like to draw or paint someone living with you who is prepared to model for you clothed. You could also choose to make transcriptions from figure drawings and paintings by artists selected by you or your tutor. Because live images will be shared over the internet, models commissioned for the poses will be clothed in bathing costumes. Your tutor will communicate with you via email and classes will be presented live online via ZOOM. For all students techniques will include contour with pencil, weight & modelling with charcoal, gesture drawing with charcoal & pencil, weight & modelling with pen and weight & modelling with brush & tone. Painting will include progressing from a limited to a wide-ranging palette focussing on form and tonal values. Beginners will concentrate on drawing and returning students will pursue personal projects working in chosen medium exploring new techniques in painting & drawing. Although there are limitations when working from home, there is an opportunity here to meet with others online, to practice skills and investigate ideas away from the college studio. It might be that your work could (in part) reflect elements from this challenging time.

    Entry requirements

    Energy and enthusiasm

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is a blended on-site and online course, offered during COVID-19 restrictions. The tutor will be available on-site and online during class hours and will provide individual feedback where possible. If you choose the online option, you will need to have access to a computer and an email address to receive project briefs and materials You will be asked to download Zoom (instructions to be sent in advance of the course start date).

    What you need

    Online students will need to provide their own materials such as pencils, charcoal, cartridge paper and - if painting - oil or acrylic paint and brushes, canvas or prepared paper. We do provide materials for onsite students at a cost-effective price.

    What you can do next

    Further and part time drawing & painting courses at Morley College, part time & full time fine art courses, BTEC, BA & MA.