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Drawing and Pastel

We offer drawing and sketching courses for all creative abilities. Many of our courses are mixed ability and suitable for all, but we also have some specific beginners classes to support people who are just starting to explore their drawing skills.

Our classes and workshops teach drawing techniques on various subjects ranging from figures, faces and portraiture to landscapes and outdoors. Our courses can help you learn how to ‘look’ and interpret what you see.  Courses explore line tone and perspective and allow students the opportunity to build confidence and experiment with different techniques and medium.  Some classes focus on a medium like charcoal or pastel, allowing you to understand the techniques associated with that medium.

Some courses focus on life drawing and have a different model each week.  These figure focused courses allow you to learn about shapes and proportions of the body and face, looking at how light and shade change the way we see and capture a subject.

Explore our wide range of exciting drawing courses, classes and workshops and sign-up now.

More Information on Our Drawing Courses

July 2024

Drawing Outdoors With Mixed Media-Intermediates (D64G)

Description: Draw en plein air in the beautiful grounds of Stoke Lodge!

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 17 Jul 2024 (Summer)   Times: Wed Thu Fri 09:45-13:15   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £80 (Concession: £49)

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Courses 2024/25


I Wish I Could Draw People! Figures And Faces-Beginners & Intermediates (D64H)


Description: Learn how to draw people or improve your skills. A short course for people who want to learn to draw figures and faces, and those who would like to get better at it! Using pencil or/and charcoal, you will learn to draw figures and faces from photographs week 1&2 and from a clothed model in the 3rd

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Aug 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue Wed Thu 10:00-13:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Last few   Fee: £70 (Concession: £45)

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Drawing & Painting A Person From Life-Intermediates & Advanced (D64K)


Description: Practise drawing or painting a figure or portrait from a clothed female model in one continuous pose. All painting and drawing media welcome, but best to use a medium you are familiar with. Some experience of drawing figures/ faces is recommended.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 30 Aug 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Fri 10:00-16:00   Duration: 1 week(s)

Availability: Last few   Fee: £50 (Concession: £35)

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Drawing-Beginners (B18A)


Description: A friendly, supportive and structured course which will help beginners develop their drawing skills. You will learn to draw using pencil, charcoal, rubbers and more. You will explore line, tone and perspective through a series of exercises, designed to improve your confidence and ability.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 10 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:00   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £141 (Concession: £85)

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Just Charcoal (B12A)


Description: Charcoal drawing is a medium medium known for its ability to produce amazing results. Charcoal comes in several forms and this course will allow you to explore the possibilities of willow, compressed, pencil, powdered and liquid charcoal, using brushes, smudgers, rubbers, and fingers.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 12 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Fully booked   Fee: £141 (Concession: £85)

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Drawing Skills-Mixed Ability (B73A)


Description: Led by an experienced tutor, learners will make rapid progress and explore line, tone, measurement, texture, shading and composition. They will be taught how to ‘look’ and how to interpret what they see.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 18 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Wed 13:00-15:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Pastels-An Introduction (B74A)


Description: This course is designed as an introduction to pastel art techniques. Perfect for beginners and those seeking to increase their knowledge of the medium. You will learn or revise basic techniques and develop your personal style.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 18 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Wed 15:15-17:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Life Drawing-Mixed Ability (B30A)


Description: Develop skill at drawing the human figure. Drawing from a nude model (female and male), you will learn to see shape, proportion, light and shade more objectively. You will use a range of traditional drawing media and explore various approaches and techniques.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 20 Sep 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Drawing-Beginners (B18E)


Description: A friendly, supportive and structured course which will help beginners develop their drawing skills. You will learn to draw using pencil, charcoal, rubbers and more. You will explore line, tone and perspective through a series of exercises, designed to improve your confidence and ability.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Drawing Skills-Mixed Ability (B73B)


Description: Led by an experienced tutor, learners will make rapid progress and explore line, tone, measurement, texture, shading and composition. They will be taught how to ‘look’ and how to interpret what they see.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 06 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Wed 13:00-15:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £81 (Concession: £49)

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Calligraphy-An Introduction (B74B)


Description: Ever wanted to learn calligraphy to embellish your own cards and gifts? This course offers an excellent introduction to the art of calligraphy. Discover how to produce stunning lettering in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 06 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Wed 15:15-17:15   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £81 (Concession: £49)

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Just Charcoal (B12B)


Description: Charcoal drawing is a medium medium known for its ability to produce amazing results. Charcoal comes in several forms and this course will allow you to explore the possibilities of willow, compressed, pencil, powdered and liquid charcoal, using brushes, smudgers, rubbers, and fingers.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 07 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Drawing Figures And Faces From Life-Mixed Ability (B31A)


Description: Working from a different model each week (clothed, nude and portrait), you will develop skills in drawing figures and faces, their shape and proportions, light and shade. You will use a range of traditional drawing media and explore various approaches and techniques.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 08 Nov 2024 (Autumn)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Drawing-Beginners (B18C)


Description: A friendly, supportive and structured course which will help beginners develop their drawing skills. You will learn to draw using pencil, charcoal, rubbers and more. You will explore line, tone and perspective through a series of exercises, designed to improve your confidence and ability.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 14 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Drawing Skills-Mixed Ability (B73C)


Description: Led by an experienced tutor, learners will make rapid progress and explore line, tone, measurement, texture, shading and composition. They will be taught how to ‘look’ and how to interpret what they see.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 15 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Wed 13:00-15:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £81 (Concession: £49)

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Oil Pastels-An Introduction (B74C)


Description: Discover the vibrant and beautiful world of oil pastel painting. This short course will cover the fundamental principles and hands-on techniques of working with oil pastels. Guided by a skilled tutor, you will discover the versatility of oil pastels.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 15 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Wed 15:15-17:15   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £81 (Concession: £49)

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Just Charcoal (B12C)


Description: Charcoal drawing is a medium medium known for its ability to produce amazing results. Charcoal comes in several forms and this course will allow you to explore the possibilities of willow, compressed, pencil, powdered and liquid charcoal, using brushes, smudgers, rubbers, and fingers.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 16 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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I Wish I Could Draw People! Drawing Figures And Faces-Beginners & Intermediates (B39A)


Description: We will start with basic principles, learning about shapes and proportions of the human body, and the tutor will demonstrate the principles of drawing from observation. Then you will draw some figures, first using photographs: e.g. of dancers, acrobats and athletes.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 17 Jan 2025 (Spring)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Drawing-Beginners (B18D)


Description: A friendly, supportive and structured course which will help beginners develop their drawing skills. You will learn to draw using pencil, charcoal, rubbers and more. You will explore line, tone and perspective through a series of exercises, designed to improve your confidence and ability.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 25 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Drawing Skills-Mixed Ability (B73D)


Description: Led by an experienced tutor, learners will make rapid progress and explore line, tone, measurement, texture, shading and composition. They will be taught how to ‘look’ and how to interpret what they see.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 26 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Wed 13:00-15:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Just Charcoal (B12D)


Description: Charcoal drawing is a medium medium known for its ability to produce amazing results. Charcoal comes in several forms and this course will allow you to explore the possibilities of willow, compressed, pencil, powdered and liquid charcoal, using brushes, smudgers, rubbers, and fingers.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 27 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Portraiture From Life (B39B)


Description: Develop your skill at drawing or painting faces with an experienced portraiture tutor and artist. You will be drawing or painting from a different, clothed sitter each week. You may use any drawing medium you prefer including charcoal, pastels, or crayons.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 28 Feb 2025 (Spring)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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Drawing Skills-Mixed Ability (B73E)


Description: Led by an experienced tutor, learners will make rapid progress and explore line, tone, measurement, texture, shading and composition. They will be taught how to ‘look’ and how to interpret what they see.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 23 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Wed 13:00-15:00   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £81 (Concession: £49)

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Just Charcoal (B12E)


Description: Charcoal drawing is a medium medium known for its ability to produce amazing results. Charcoal comes in several forms and this course will allow you to explore the possibilities of willow, compressed, pencil, powdered and liquid charcoal, using brushes, smudgers, rubbers, and fingers.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 24 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Life Drawing-Mixed Ability (B30B)


Description: Develop skill at drawing the human figure. Drawing from a nude model (female and male), you will learn to see shape, proportion, light and shade more objectively. You will use a range of traditional drawing media and explore various approaches and techniques.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 25 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 5 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £101 (Concession: £61)

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Drawing- Beginners/Improvers (B19A)


Description: This is a friendly, supportive and structured course for beginners to develop into improvers. The course will introduce new drawing skills and techniques and how to use different materials to make marks.

Tutor: Mary Kelly   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 29 Apr 2025 (Summer)   Times: Tue 09:30-12:00   Duration: 10 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £201 (Concession: £121)

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Drawing Skills-Mixed Ability (B73F)


Description: Led by an experienced tutor, learners will make rapid progress and explore line, tone, measurement, texture, shading and composition. They will be taught how to ‘look’ and how to interpret what they see.

Tutor: Roma Widger   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 04 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Wed 13:00-15:00   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £97 (Concession: £59)

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Just Charcoal (B12F)


Description: Charcoal drawing is a medium medium known for its ability to produce amazing results. Charcoal comes in several forms and this course will allow you to explore the possibilities of willow, compressed, pencil, powdered and liquid charcoal, using brushes, smudgers, rubbers, and fingers.

Tutor: Jenny Ibrahim   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 05 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 7 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £141 (Concession: £85)

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Drawing Figures And Faces From Life-Mixed Ability (B31B)


Description: Working from a different model each week (clothed, nude and portrait), you will develop skills in drawing figures and faces, their shape and proportions, light and shade. You will use a range of traditional drawing media and explore various approaches and techniques.

Tutor: Bill Guilding   Location: Stoke Lodge (BS9 1BN)

Start Date: 06 Jun 2025 (Summer)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Places available   Fee: £121 (Concession: £73)

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