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Drawing | Urban Landscapes and Built Environment | Workshop with Jody Graham

Course overview

The subject for this one day workshop with popular tutor Jody Graham is the urban or built environment, which is any man made structures on the landscape. This is a fun and inspiring drawing workshop that will expose you to a range of interesting techniques and expand your knowledge of mark making beyond the pencil! We’ll start the workshop with a series of structured exercises that will encourage you to loosen up and explore your creative voice. Artwork from these techniques and ideas will be developed in the second part of the class. Some skills you can can expect to learn about include; drawing, line, tone, composition, perspective and collage. A special feature of this workshop is using materials to make marks that are not usually associated with drawing and painting. Please bring your own reference images or this workshop.

Is this class right for me

Suitable for all levels, but some prior experience drawing is an advantage.


Please bring the following items with you:

A2 or A1 cartridge paper pad or at least 12 sheets.
1 good sheet of smooth watercolour paper, 300gsm or heavier
4B or 6B pencil & knife to sharpen pencils
Sticks of charcoal – willow or compressed – prefer round & soft
Water-soluble graphite stick (Optional, if you can find one, great!)
Warm white soft pastel
Hard eraser.
Black ink (Suggest Art Spectrum 50ml)
Acrylic paint (Just a couple of colours of you choice)
Masking tape
2 bull dog clips
Paper towel
4 Chinese containers
Metal palette knife
White wax candle,
Any additional material you would like to bring along such as different supports (i.e. Paper, board etc.) to work on, collage material, inks, acrylics, pastels and so on.
1 sheet of good quality paper (other than A1 or A2 cartridge paper has been included on this list (Good quality being Archers or Saunders Waterford 300gsm or heavier (smooth or medium) or similar). If you prefer using better quality paper more than suggested you are welcome to do so.

Please bring your own urban landscape reference images to work from. For example, farm houses, churches, city skylines, buildings, industrial buildings, bridges, oil rigs, streetscapes and so on.

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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Course testimonials:

  • Fabulous workshop. Moved along very quickly, we produced lots of work and used many interesting processes, learning lots of hints and great tactics. Jody is a great teacher, explaining everything fully and bestowing us with her great knowledge. Can't wait for your next Jody workshop. This was my third one of hers and it was still fascinating and enjoyable.
  • Jody's classes are always fun and she's very good at allowing us students to be more expressive in our drawings/work. It's great to be able to dedicate some time to drawing with such great support & advice. Jody's work is amazing and she's generous with sharing how she works and creates art. Very inspiring!
  • A supportive environment to experiment with new materials and artistic expression. Thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend this workshop.