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Drawing from the Masters with Matilda Michell

This class is designed to teach drawing skills across a range of media and stylistic approaches through the study of master drawings. Each fortnight we will choose a master drawing, study the materials and methods that make it successful and discuss it’s place within the master’s oeuvre more broadly. The first week, we’ll make a direct copy from the drawing , examining the use of materials, processes and composition. The following week we’ll do our own drawing in a similar style, implementing what we’ve learnt from the previous week and adapting it to our own individual approaches. This course will not only broaden the student’s approach to process and materials, but also teach them methods of studying independently so that they gain the skills to progress on their own.

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.


Cartridge paper
A2 size thicker smooth drawing paper (pref at least 220 gsm) suitable for ink wash/watercolour
Pencils (2b, 4b 6b)
Eraser, kneadable eraser
Willow charcoal
black, white and red chalk/conte (not too soft, should be able to hold a sharp line)
Black ink and one or two brushes.

If unsure of the materials, just bring what you have to the first class and you can discuss it with your teacher before you buy things.
There may be one or two additional materials depending on the mast works chosen for study.

Any additional materials for the latter part of the course will be discussed in class.

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

Our term classes are held in our spacious studios.

Our main studios are air-conditioned for year round comfort, and extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Matilda provides a great environment for learning and being inspired. She is also very helpful in offering suggestions but always in a respectful way. I enjoy her class immensely