Welcome to my online Exploration through sketching video course, where we will look at how to ‘start a new project’.
As a professional artist and tutor, I know how important key art skills are. This course is designed to take you through some simple exercises to help you to explore an image and create sketches and ideas to ‘start a new project’.
As a tutor with 20 years’ experience, I love introducing students to techniques they can use to develop their own practice. Whether you are new to art and want to know where to start or are an experienced artist who just finds it hard to ‘start a new project’, then this is the course for you.
This course is broken down into 5 lessons (or exercises). Taking you step by step through different ways to observe and develop an idea from one or more source images. Exploration through sketching – starting a new project, has been designed as an online studio-based course for you to work along with at home.
Is this course for me?
Do you want to work on simple drawing exercises in graphite, charcoal and pastel?
Do you want to work on a series of drawings to develop your core skills?
Find different ways to work from one source image to generate different ideas? - Then yes this is for you.
The course assumes you have a little previous drawing knowledge (although suitable for complete beginners) and presents each piece of information or skill in manageable lessons. Allowing you to work through at your own pace, completing each lesson and building on the previous lesson’s skills.
This course is also accompanied by a printable equipment list and source photographs used in the lessons, so you can work along with my demonstrations. Or choose your own images to work with.
How long does the course take to complete?
There are over 1 hour & 40 mins of videos, which can be watched and worked through in one day if you are in a rush. But I suggest you take one lesson at a time, playing with the ideas and exploring your sketches before moving on. The course is designed specifically to help you generate new ways to approach a subject.
(This course gives you 24 hour access to the course materials for 4 months)
You will be sent an email with login details and a link to the course.
What does the course cover?
Introduction – A quick course overview and a look at the main equipment you need.
Lesson 1 – Making a viewfinder
Lesson 2 – Continuous lines + a bonus video
Lesson 3 – Finding tones with graphite
Lesson 4 – Charcoal; equipment, how to trace and finding tones
Lesson 5 – Pastel- equipment, finding tones + 2 bonus videos
Everything you need to set you on the road to creating your own ideas and start a new project!
And don't forget you will have access to my Student Chatroom and dedicated area to post your work and get feedback.
You will first need to register with my website, where you will be given access to the course. You will be sent an email with login details and links.
What will I need to start the course?
Well to start the course you only need a means of watching each of the video lessons online. An equipment list is supplied and I run through it all in the Introduction video. Over the course I demo with graphite pencils, willow charcoal and a couple of pastels, you probably have everything you’ll need!
Can I get more support?
Yes. Once enrolled on the course you will also have access to my student chatroom, with a dedicated area for you to post images of your work, interact with other members and I’ll be around to give feedback and comments.
Can I let my family and friend access the course?
Your log on details for online learning and digital content is for your personal use only and should not be shared. If you would like to buy the course for a group, then do contact me and I can quote you for group access.
Can I cancel and receive a refund?
Please see CraftCourses terms and conditions.
Unfortunately once access to the course has been given I am unable to give a refund.
What happens if I lose my login?
To keep my site secure I do not have access to any passwords. You can access the members pages through the login links on all my Art Resources pages. If you forget your password, follow the on screen instructions to reset your details.
This course is taught online
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I have tried a number of watercolour courses over the years, all have been fairly disastrous to be honest as I am not in the slightest bit artistic however, this course was brilliant and I (and my family!!) are so impressed with my pictures, Trish’s instructions were really easy to follow and the results are great and I really recommend giving it a go
My only disappointment is that I didn’t get to do the last lesson as work commitments made it difficult to find the time and I hadn’t realised that the course was only available for a limited amount of time.
Response from Art with Tricia:Fiona,
I was given a gift card for Xmas and chose Tricia’s online watercolours for beginners. I enjoyed all the videos and Tricia presented at a very good pace with easy to follow instructions. The projects were set at the right level of difficulty for beginners. The feedback and sharing on the student chatroom was very beneficial with good feedback and constructive ways in how to improve your work. I would recommend this course for anyone who wants to take up watercolour painting or even refresh ones memory on techniques.
Response from Art with Tricia:I really appreciate the feedback and it's always good to know the course is pitched to the right level for students.
Beautiful model and plenty of instructions from Tricia. Made unpleasant by the necessity of having to wear masks all day. Shame the November session has been cancelled, but looking forward to February 2021!
Response from Art with Tricia:Thanks for your feedback.
This was the first of Tricia's classes that I attended. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. The morning session was quite intense but after the initial warm up sketches, I felt that we had sufficient time to complete more complete drawings. The model, Katie, was fabulous and a perfect subject. Tricia was very helpful to everyone and provided just the right amount of support when needed. I thought I would be inexperienced compared to the other attendees, but this was a very mixed group and everyone was welcoming. The afternoon session was interesting with the opportunity to try two types of printing. Time didn't permit us to try both, but it would be nice to have a go at the second option on another occasion. I look forward to attending future workshop and will be checking Tricia's website for other art classes that I may be able to attend on a more regular basis.
Response from Art with Tricia:I'm so glad you enjoyed your first session. You are right the group is quite a mix of different abilities and I hope I can make everyone feel part of the group by spending more time with newer students and pushing those with more experience to challenge themselves.
I really enjoyed this course. We had a very natural model and the afternoon was fun. I learnt a new hobby with the lino cutting. Tricia is a very patient and kind teacher who is willing to show you how to put things right when you go wrong. I will certainly be looking out for other courses
Response from Art with Tricia:Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed the session and in the afternoon got a taste of a new medium, with the lino cutting!
7 December 2019 Life Drawing: The model was absolutely lovely and had some wonderfully graceful poses. The afternoon was enjoyable learning a new art technique and made a good change of pace from the morning as Life drawing is quite an intense day. I find that I could do with a couple of extra breaks in the day when just life drawing.
Response from Art with Tricia:I'm glad you enjoyed sketching our new model and I'm sure she will be back next year. The afternoon printing was a nice change and everyone produced some great work.
Tricia is a wonderful, patient tutor (and I'm not just saying that because she brings cakes!), who guides us through her courses based on our individual strengths and weaknesses. I have attended several of her classes and always feel there is something fun, new and interesting to learn.
A very different and challenging life course with the musicians expertly playing a wide range of music while posing in natural playing stances.
A clothed life class is new to me but the music evoked a new style to my art.
Tricia was continually behind the scenes dropping words of advice or approval as she observed our efforts.
It was hard work but very enjoyable.
I hope Tricia will bring them together again for us.
Response from Art with Tricia:Thank you for your support over the past few years, I'm glad to see you are still enjoying coming to Life Drawing each session and are being 'challenged' by the different themes each workshop.
Have been to several of the Life Drawing workshops before and always enjoyed them. This one with musicians was a bit different and quite a challenge as they were clothed and constantly moving! A nice relaxed atmosphere, helpful encouragement and words of advice from Tricia and the music was great. I'd love to have another go at this.
Response from Art with Tricia:Many thanks for your positive feedback and continued support of the Life Drawing workshops throughout the year.
Always fun, Tricia is a friendly and helpful tutor, who is happy to share her knowledge.
Each workshop sets a new challenge, offering lots of opportunities to push myself and practise my drawing skills.
Response from Art with Tricia:Claire, thank you.
Interesting and challenging days - especially enjoy the slightly longer poses.
Response from Art with Tricia:Kate thank you so much.