COMPLETE BEGINNERS – six part introduction to botanical & natural history coloured pencil drawing at The Old Kennels



With Linda Hampson

For those of you unable to attend Linda’s course in person we offer the option of joining us online.

This is a chance to explore coloured pencil drawing for those who have never put pencil to paper. Also a wonderful course for those newer to drawing and wanting to learn the basic techniques.

Included are SIX instructional videos:

‘Putting Pencil to Paper’ – A complete introduction to paper, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, setting up for still life and working from photographic reference. (45mins)

‘Garden Peas’ – Video tutorial (1hr 59 mins)

‘Apple’ – Video tutorial (1hr 14 mins)

‘Blue Tit’ – Video tutorial (1hr 52 mins)

‘Wild Rabbit’ – Video tutorial (1hr 14 mins)

‘Ox Eye Daisy’ – Video tutorial (1hr 21 mins)

With almost nine hours of detailed instruction included, you can be assured of five artworks to be proud of at the end of this course and enough techniques to continue your new skill.

A set of notes, guidance on paper and pencils to use and an instructional video for each part of the course are included. All you need is a selection of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, good quality white drawing paper and a few pencil case items.

The full list of pencil colours (22) & paper required for this course is available here: Requirements List you may choose to buy a larger set of pencils, or buy a smaller set and then top up any additional pencils needed separately, or simply buy the pencils you need.

We invite you to share your outcomes with Linda and of course be in touch if you have any queries or need help by email for the duration of the course.

Coloured pencil is a marvellously versatile medium and it is genuinely an easy medium to master when you have learned the basic techniques. You will learn how to layer and blend and various other ‘tricks’ in these easy introductory lessons to produce beautiful illustrations or artworks.

If you get hooked see our growing range of other ONLINE courses, or visit us in person for a course at The Old Kennels!

Run Time: 8hrs 55 minutes

What's included in the price?

A set of notes, templates and pencil lists for each part, guidance on paper and pencils to use and six instructional videos are all included.

What you will need

All you need is a small selection of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, good quality drawing paper and a few pencil case items (you will be supplied with a detailed list on purchasing the course).


Tracey Bell at The Old Kennels

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


8¾ hours

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Ro Suckling - - #35607

I attended a one day coloured pencil workshop with Linda Hampson at the Old Kennels in September 2021. It was a lovely day with teaching taking place in the barn and lunch outside in the gorgeous surroundings. It was obvious that great care had been taken to ensure that everything was Covid safe so the atmosphere was relaxed.
I am new to coloured pencils and I learnt so much. The accompanying video is a great idea because you can practice what you learnt at home. I will be attending future workshops in 2022.

Response from The Old Kennels:

Thank you Ro for such a lovely review! we are so pleased you have enjoyed your course atThe Old Kennels and the online tutorials too! :)

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Moira Leslie - - #35609

I have thoroughly enjoyed Linda’s classes and learnt so much. I think I have done nearly all of them now and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Response from The Old Kennels:

Thank you Moira, what a lovely review! So glad you enjoy our courses! :)

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Liz - - #35598

Having taken a couple of Linda's 'in person tutorials', I was delighted that, during lockdowns, I was able to access her video courses - they have kept me going through these strange times, and
it is so good to be able to revisit the videos when required. They have also encouraged me to move on
to drawing other subjects.

The notes, as ever, are excellent and I continue to enjoy my drawing immensely.

Response from The Old Kennels:

Thank you so much for your kind review Liz :)
I'm not sure we would ever have found time to produce online video tutorials if it wasn't for lockdowns. It has been a steep learning curve but we are really enjoying it and I think its something we will keep doing.
Wonderful to hear you are enjoying them!

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Suki - - #30603

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and definitely recommend it to anyone.

I checked the link early and ordered a few pencils in and made sure I had some paper etc. around the house before I sat down to start. I spent a few hours on a rainy Sunday sketching in the company of the lovely tutor via pre-recorded video and I loved it.

The course provides written instructions, extra details and the pre-recorded video that you can stop, rewind and re-play as many times as you need. I have never done anything quite like this and I was genuinely pleased with what I produced, even though I didn't think for one minute I would be. If you're not sure, just give it a go!

Response from The Old Kennels:

Thank you Suki, what a lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your first attempt at botanical coloured pencil drawing. Do keep an eye out we are adding more online tutorials all the time!

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