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Open the Door and Draw - Expressive Drawing Workshops with Jody Graham

Course Overview

Expressive Drawing Workshops for students who are ready to come out and create with others, in a studio environment prepared for your health and safety with social distancing and hygiene measures in place.
This one-day workshops is held in a concentrated drawing and painting environment, designed to activate and expand on your passion to draw and create. Learn innovative expressive drawing techniques to help you simplify complicated subjects and create contemporary unique artworks.

You can expect to learn how to create dynamic compositions, explore mark making with a variety of material, develop your drawing skills and refine techniques to promote individual expression.

Students can attend just one workshop or both.

Workshop 1 – Composition – Figurative 16 August
Begin the class with interesting engaging drawing techniques to help you let go of inhibitions and connect with the joy of drawing. The second part of the class will be focused on creating a dynamic composition by changing your viewpoint and drawing yourself from a perspective you have not considered before.

Workshop 2 – Mark Making – Still Life 13 September
Often what we don’t see excited us, sometimes the thinking about something is more exciting than the reality of it. Uncover new approaches to still life and mark making by wrapping and binding objects and using them to draw and abstract from. This workshop will be focused on materials and mark making.

Is this course right for me

For intermediate and advanced students.


This list is a bit longer than it usually would be to prevent sharing material because of social isolation measures in place. We need to all have and use our own material throughout the workshop.

Miscellaneous items.

A stick 30/40cm or 50cm in length
Masking tape
A metal or plastic spoon
Old sponge or cloth and some shredded bits of an old rag or string –suggest onion or lemon
bag or rip up old tea towel, old sleeve of garment, or use bit of twine or similar – see image
An old tennis ball, shoe, nailbrush or toothbrush are great, you don’t need all, some items
Paper towel or few pieces of toilet paper or some tissues
A few containers, such as foil dog food containers in the image or used clean yogurt
containers or similar, (not small jars) – they need to be big enough to dip drawing tool you are
making in.
Speciality Art Materials
-Ink – suggest black or sepia (see optional extras) 50ml art spectrum or Derivan or similar are
Charcoal – willow or compressed. One stick.
Hard Eraser
Soft warm white pastel
Paper – 10 sheets A3 or A2 or (A1 if you prefer to express yourself on larger scale) cartridge

*Optional – better quality paper, we will be using ink, so heavier weight paper will respond better – 300gsm or heavier weight (gsm refers to the weight of the paper, the higher the number the thicker the paper). If you bring better paper, it’s useful to bring cartridge paper too. If you want to buy paper go for something like Saunders Watercolour, smooth or medium grain, 300gsm or paper similar. Cheaper brands are fine, we can cut a full sheet of paper in class. If you buy a watercolour pad go for A3 size and up

  • One or two extra ink colours of your choice can use acrylic too. Cheap brands fine to use.
  • Soft pastels recommend few colours of your choice.
  • Good A4 images of your own portrait or someone close to you.

And don’t forget your lunch!

Our workshops are all delivered in studio at Art Est.

We have extra measures in place for your health and well-being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Maximum of 8-12 students in all our classes depending which studio is used Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials.
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