Drawing Now - 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 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 referencing. 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.

What's included in the price?

This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University city campus. Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include great benefits such as the use of our modern library on the campus during your course. You will also need to bring with you: • any drawing equipment you like to work with • a sketchbook (of any size) • biros, pencils and charcoal • inks. On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.


1 week

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Public transport
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For our week-long summer school courses, we offer single rooms in shared apartments in Nottingham Trent University’s city campus accommodation, which is ideal if you're looking to be based in Nottingham's lively city centre and want an economical place to stay.

Bookings are taken on a seven-night basis, from Saturday to Saturday.

The rooms are single occupancy, with a private bathroom.

You will be sent a link to book your accommodation once you have made your course booking through Craft Courses.

We offer accommodation during the summer only. We are unable to offer university accommodation during term time (for evening and weekend courses) but you'll find plenty of places to stay nearby, as we're located in the city centre.


Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ