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Drawing for Everyone with Matilda Michell

A fun and relaxed drawing class for anyone who loves to draw, or would like to learn how to draw.

Course overview

Everyone from enthusiastic beginners to those with prior experience are welcome in this relaxed and friendly class. over the 8 weeks students will cover a range of subject matter and learn different techniques for drawing while exploring a range of media. Great to tackle a challenge and come out the other side with new skills and knowledge.

Students will also practice using a range of drawing media that can include charcoal, pencils, ink, watercolour and pastels.

This drawing class is available Monday evenings or Tuesday daytime.

What to expect

Week 1 | Using simple lines effectively. Different strategies for measuring: plumb lines, sight size drawing, measuring angles, using halfway points etc.

Week 2 | Drawing with tone – part 1. Rendering form and showing volume through tone using two different strategies with charcoal.

Week 3 | Drawing with tone – part 2. Hatching and cross hatching. Contour lines and how to use them, how to determine line direction when shading.

Week 4 | Ink drawing with the brush. Expressive brushwork, dry brush effects, controlling wet media.

Week 5 | Ink drawing with the pen. Expressive linework. Variation of pen marks to imply texture.

Week 6 | Simple perspective and positioning objects in space. How to make something recede or come forward.

Week 7 | Drawing the nude. Strategies for quick figure drawings. How to develop a sustained pose.

Week 8 | Drawing a portrait. Determining head angle, positioning the key features, tips and tricks for drawing eyes, noses, mouths.

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners to those with prior experience. Beginners will be guided through exercises and those with prior experience will be encouraged to extend their skills with more challenges. Suitable for new and continuing students.


Please bring the following with you to class.

A2 drawing pad cartridge or similar
A5 size drawing book for drawings and notes.
2B, 2B, 6B pencils
Sharpening knife (eg stanley knife) & pencil sharpener
Some sticks of compressed charcoal – eg 'General’s' brand available from art supply stores
Hard eraser
A roll of paper towel
Black ink
Large soft brush
White Chalk pastel stick
Gesso (inexpensive small tub is adequate)
2 x large bull dog clips
Masking tape

Your tutor may suggest bringing additional materials to class throughout the term. She will discuss this with you though the term.

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

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • New teacher -new experiences-and fun!
  • I most enjoyed the range of medium we explored. I also liked the way the lesson started with real life examples of what we were aiming for with explanation of the technique used. Ochre had excellent knowledge of technique and she achieved a good balance of giving us space to explore and experiment, as well as advising along the way.
  • Jody was organised, knowledgeable and supportive. I really appreciated the demonstrations as it is not always easy to assess how something is done simply by looking at it. The class was lively and we were introduced to some interesting new techniques. A valuable use of my time. Thank you!!