Exploring and Drawing Connections in Architecture and Nature



Explore the connections between texture and form within the buildings which surround us and the environment they are found. Learn to look, discover and represent these shapes and characteristics within your drawings.

Follow inspiring step by step sketching lessons, starting with small, detailed studies, leading up to creating a complete finished piece of art. Using our online teaching portal, you can cover each topic at your own pace revisiting the tutorials throughout the week, building your confidence and expanding your drawing skills with each theme being taught.

Deborah Cane skillfully leads you through each drawing topic, giving you inspiration from her own sketches and other well-respected artists, supplying examples and resources to build your drawing skills, which you can confidently take into your own environment. Whether working in pencil, pen and ink, or your interest is in digital art, Deborah takes this into consideration throughout this course. Based on our own beautiful FSC Flatford Mill, this drawing course helps you to discover what makes each structure unique, seeking to capture the character and essence of a building within your work.

During this course, you will have the opportunity to explore texture and the relationship between architecture and the natural environment through sketching.

You will learn techniques such as:

- Drawing photographic images
- Assembling visual information in useful ways
- How to approach drawing as a process of analysis to hone your craft

You will create your own unique pieces and share them with other learners and the course tutor. This course combines self-led learning, tutor videos and practical tasks and is suitable for people with drawing abilities who would like to develop their skills further.

Learners will feel inspired, creative, and connected to the natural environment through the following topics:

- Drawing Textures and Form found in Architecture (at Flatford Mill)
- Exploring Colour and Shape in our Environment (with Willy Lott’s House)

Through this course, you will:

- Build confidence in technical skills relating to the use of ink pens and mixing colours.

- Increase competency in drawing through the development of observational skills.

- Experiment with techniques and develop a unique, personal visual language.

- Develop layouts from sketches, photographs, and other sources of visual material.

- Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.

This is an online training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning within nature drawing with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of environmental art. The FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Tutor: Debora Cane

Debora Cane is an enthusiastic art tutor with over 35 years of experience. Following a brief pottery apprenticeship with Chris Soule, she studied ceramics at Medway College of Design in the 1980s and set up her own ceramics studio which she ran in Cambridge for many years. Since then she has expanded her interests as an artist to include acrylics and digital art. A majority of her creative work is now done in pen and ink.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Wednesday 4th August to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £25 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click 'chat with the maker' to get in touch and find out more.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This is a 2-week online course covering 2 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content. More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 6:00 pm (BST):

- Friday 13th August 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
- Friday 20th August 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable:

Week 1: Drawing Textures and Form found in Architecture (at Flatford Mill)
Self-study material available: 06/08/2021
Week 1 Live Webinar: 13/08/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Exploring Colour and Shape in our Environment (with Willy Lott’s House)
Self-study material available: 13/08/2021
Week 2 Live Webinar: 20/08/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 03/09/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the zoom session.

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

- 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.

- Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.

- Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

What you will need

Please note – This course requires you to have access to drawing equipment and have experience of some basic techniques.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

Once you sign up you’ll get an email 48 hours ahead of the online course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via zoom, so you won’t need any new software to attend.


Anna at Field Studies Council

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers


2 weeks (flexible times to suit)



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