Drawing and Pastel

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  • There are courses for beginners and improvers on offer for those looking to get creative with drawing techniques, landscapes or life..

Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge or St Pauls. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.


PLEASE NOTE: Online and telephone booking will
open at 9.30am on Thursday 27 August

Life drawing- Mixed ability

Learn to draw the human figure from observation. Drawing from a nude model, you’ll learn to see shape, proportion, light and shade more objectively. Later we’ll vary the pace, and you’ll be encouraged to vary your ways of drawing. Model fee of £30 for the course to be paid to the tutor during first session

  • Fridays 9.45am to 12.15pm  Bill Guilding
  • 6 sessions from 18 September   £106/£64 N14C   Stoke Lodge
  • 6 sessions from 6 November   £106/£64 N14D   Stoke Lodge

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Portraits from photographs-Mixed ability

Learn about the structure of faces, the fall of light and shade, and how to mix flesh colours.  You may use watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal or just pencil. Bring your own photographs or use ones from the tutor’s collection.

  • Fridays 1.15pm to 3.45pm       Bill Guilding
  • 6 sessions from 18 September £106/£64 N14G  & Stoke Lodge
  • 6 sessions from 6 November £106/£64 N14H  & Stoke Lodge

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NEW Sketching Bristol Architecture

Simple self contained introductions to drawing buildings. Each session will provide all the photographic reference needed to produce a drawing of a piece of Bristol’s iconic architecture, supported by a step-by-step demonstration.

We are no longer running this course in Autumn Term 2020 but check back with us as we may run it at a later date.

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NEW Drawing from Imagination

Focusing on drawing as a playful activity, this workshop is about loosening up, having no expectations, and engaging with your creativity. We will look at other artists who have drawn and painted from their imagination, and then practice experimental drawing techniques that are designed to help access your imagination.

  • Thursday 1.30pm to 4.30pm  Lisa Takahashi
  • 1 session on 19 November  £25 / £17 N76A   Stoke Lodge

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Drawing techniques- Beginners

Enjoy this friendly, encouraging class where you will learn how to build up a range of drawing techniques, step by step, via exercises and projects. Learn how to use B pencils, chalk, charcoal, pen & ink, pastels & crayons to draw a variety of subjects.

  • Fridays 10am to 12.30pm  Sheila Broun
  • 6 sessions from 18 September   £106 / £64 N12A  & Stoke Lodge

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Drawing techniques- Improvers

Develop your drawing techniques and improve your confidence and ability working on projects of your own choice. The tutor will create related themed projects. The course also includes sketching sessions at locations around Bristol.

  • Fridays 1pm to 3.30pm Sheila Broun
  • 6 sessions from 18 September   £106 / £64 N13A   Stoke Lodge

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NEW Purely Drawing – Mixed Ability

Sessions full of practical drawing, with ideas and explanation of materials and methods for beginners and to enhance the skills of more experienced artists.

We are no longer running this course in Autumn Term 2020 but check back with us as we may run it at a later date.

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Painting and Drawing – Mixed ability

Try a number of media and techniques in a friendly, all ability group.  This course is a mixture of painting and drawing projects led by an experienced tutor offering flexible tuition for each individual.

  • Mondays 1.00pm to 4pm  Roma Widger
  • 12 sessions from 14 September   £253/ £152 N15A   Stoke Lodge

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Pastels-Mixed ability

Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance and this class will make you ask why you are not using them already! They are easy to use, transport and store and offer an exciting range of possibilities for working with colour and mark. You will fine tune techniques and develop your personal style.

  • Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30pm  Roma Widger
  • 6 sessions from 15 October   £127/ £77 N29A   Stoke Lodge

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Drawing skills-Mixed ability

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. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve.

  • Thursdays 1pm to 4pm  Jenny Ibrahim
  • 12 sessions from 17 September   £253 / £152 N19A   Stoke Lodge

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Drawing-Absolute beginners

Ever wanted to learn how to draw? This course is for you! Led by experienced tutors, you will learn to draw using pencil, charcoal and rubbers. You will explore line, tone and perspective through a series of exercises, designed to improve your confidence and ability. A great introduction to one of our longer courses. For absolute beginners.

  • Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm  Mary Kelly
  • 6 sessions from 14 September  £128 / £78 N18A  Stoke Lodge

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