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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Kate Wilson
  • Course Code W23PDGD03D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This is a hybrid course: you have the choice to attend this course online or onsite at our Waterloo Centre. This is a practical introduction to drawing skills, using a range of materials. You will be taught various aspects of drawing from observation including proportion, perspective, line and tone. Examples of historical and contemporary drawing will be discussed in class and learners are encouraged to develop a personal response to subjects including landscape, portraits, objects and photographic images.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Draw with a range of materials including pencil, pen, charcoal and an eraser
  • Draw using a full range of tones
  • Look and draw more accurately
  • Draw with more confidence
  • Keep a sketchbook


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will focus on drawing from direct observation and from photographs, using a variety of materials and techniques. This is a practical course and you will spend most of class time drawing. The tutor will facilitate group discussions, give presentations, demonstrations and work with students one to one and in groups.

    Entry requirements

    This structured course is for beginners and for those who want to refresh skills. You can choose to study for one term or more across the year. Each term is different. If you have not drawn before, you may like to try one of our 1 session tasters.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    If you choose to attend this course online rather than attend onsite: It will be delivered using email and Teams or Zoom. You will need access to a personal device with internet and a camera, such as a computer, iPad or smartphone. A smart phone will be useful for photographing and sharing finished work. You will need to download software for Teams or Zoom prior to the first class (instructions and support will be sent to you by email; for Zoom you will need to download the app and follow a link sent to you by email. For Teams you will need to access your Morley Microsoft 365 account with your Morley College email and password). You will also need to provide your own art materials.

    What you need

    You will need to provide a sketchbook. For onsite learners: some basic materials are provided, and additional paper and other materials are available for purchase at a low cost. Alternatively, you may wish to bring your own materials. For online learners: you will be able to work with whatever art materials you have at home. Suggested items are pencils, eraser, sharpener, willow charcoal, soft pastel, biro and drawing ink, brushes, dip pens, sticks, glue (such as Pritt Stick, and a ruler. It is recommended to have a designated art place, however small, where you can draw. If you have a garden, you may like to try working outside where the light is different. You are advised to wear protective clothing e.g. old shirt or apron.

    What you can do next

    You can continue with this course next term or join follow on courses at Morley such as Drawing: Intermediate, Experimental Painting and Drawing and Painting for Beginners. An ability to draw is also an advantage for learners wanting to study Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewellery, etc. at Morley College.