Drawing Now (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University

Drawing Now (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University


This course is the ideal opportunity to explore traditional and modern approaches to drawing.

You’ll experiment with drawing from observation using still life as inspiration and draw from your own imagination practising random and free association drawing.

You’ll learn there’s no right or wrong way!

The course is aimed at the adventurous beginner and those with more experience as it will build upon the basics of drawing using line, edge, form and tone.

Taking artist Paul Klee’s description of drawing as ‘taking a line for a walk’ you’ll begin by doodling in biros, elaborate further by agitating surfaces, and then create finished drawings towards the end of the course.

You’ll gain observational skills by drawing from man-made and natural forms and increase your concentration, visualisation and creativity through imagination and automatic drawing.

Throughout the course, there’ll be a range of practical activities and inspiring projects for you to engage with, supported by demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques.

You’ll study gesture, expression, positive and negative space, hatching, cross-hatching, continuous line and contour-drawing techniques.

During the course you will:

- identify traditional and modern drawing techniques
- complete observational and imaginative drawings
- research your own subject matter that interests you
- learn how to select the best materials to use
- keep a sketchbook full of your own ideas
- develop an individual drawing project.

The course will also include a trip to local art galleries and museums to help underpin your knowledge with theory and historical art references.

You’ll be encouraged to look closely and respond to your own environment and cultural experience when creating artwork.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have created a portfolio of new, innovative work.

The course could also be a means to progress within fine art into different materials or approaches.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: Beginners, as well as those with experience, are welcome.

Where you'll learn: You’ll be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find bright drawing studios to develop your ideas.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and reference.

Tutor Profile: Margot Shores has taught drawing and painting at the Royal Academy as well as schools and various universities and colleges.

In addition to her BA and MA in Fine Art, she has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

Margot’s expertise lies in providing a studio situation in which everyone can achieve their individual goals.

She specialises in experiential learning and questioning to enhance students’ creativity, offering a platform from which their art can be launched.

As a practising fine artist, Margot focuses on drawing and painting and undertakes commissions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition from an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.


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50 Shakespeare Street

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  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


10 evenings (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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