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Drawing Courses

Everything there is to know about our drawing courses in Bristol.
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About Our Drawing Courses

We offer drawing and charcoal courses for all creative abilities. Most 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 to portraiture, landscapes and outdoors.

Explore our wide range of exciting courses and sign-up now.

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Beginners Drawing Classes

Friendly, supportive and structured courses for beginners developing their drawing skills.


Mixed-ability Drawing Classes

Friendly, supportive and structured courses for all drawing abilities and skills.


Description: Drawing with charcoal is a popular medium that can create 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: 06 Jun 2024 (Summer)   Times: Thu 10:00-12:30   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Last few   Fee: £116 (Concession: £71)

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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: 07 Jun 2024 (Summer)   Times: Fri 09:45-12:15   Duration: 6 week(s)

Availability: Fully booked   Fee: £113 (Concession: £68)

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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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Clear Instruction

Bill gives excellent feedback and advice. He’s very clear about when and how you’ve gone wrong. The encouragement as well as the criticism. I enjoy drawing people and Bill always gently challenges me to improve.

Drawing Outdoor

Very free-range, not prescriptive. The Tutor came round regularly with input, suggestions, comments. We had the opportunity to draw outdoors, variety of good views using a range of materials/techniques.


I improved my drawing skills and met some lovely people – very enjoyable

Pleasant Environment

Great tutor, very experienced, helpful to allow us to make mistakes and to learn from them. Really like the venue. Pleasant environment, encouraged to try new approaches.


Was good for making friends, learning new skills; inspired me to do more art, improved self-confidence.


The Tutor is great at analysing a piece, working out specific issues and giving feedback to improve.

Friendly Class

Lovely relaxed, friendly class. Improved my life drawing skills. More confidence in drawing.

Explore unfamiliar materials

Friendly atmosphere, practiced with unfamiliar materials, increased my ambition to draw more nature.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • This depends a bit on the course, but all our courses are led by friendly, supportive and experienced tutors. Ours tutors will help you develop your skills and use techniques and exercises to allow you to explore your drawing, whether it is focused on landscapes, still life or portraiture.

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Contact Us

Need more information regarding our drawing courses? You can call us on 0117 903 8844, email or visit us in person at Stoke Lodge. Office hours applies.


Stoke Lodge Adult Learning Centre
Shirehampton Road, Bristol, BS9 1BN


0117 903 8844