Explore Drawing

Observational Drawing for all ages over 16

Explore various approaches to observational drawing, to free up ideas and broaden the ways of representing what we see. These sessions are suitable for all levels of experience, with plenty of input from the tutor to the group as a whole, and also to the individual. There will be demonstrations and warm-up drawing exercises to try out different methods, which can be implemented in further drawings during the session and then back at home, to enrich personal drawing practice. At the end of each session, there will be discussions of the drawings to develop skills of objective analysis in a supportive group.


Drawing materials will be provided & media will be monochrome: Paper, pencils, graphite, charcoal, chalk and erasers.

Sessions info:

(Week 1) 15/08/21 14:30 ~ 17:00: Perception, Conception and Touch We will discuss the difference between perception and conception, and the role our brain plays in how we make a drawing to represent something. We'll consider how we might 'know' an object through our sense of touch, and how we might establish a sense of touch in our drawing.

(Week 2) 12/09/21 14:30 ~ 17:00: Drawing Using Line We will look at different ways to make a drawing using line: considering line weight; outline; internal & cross contour line; multiple lines; layering/composite linear images.

(Week 3) 10/10/21 14:30 ~ 17:00: The Tonal Approach – avoiding outline We will look at drawing using tonal massing and undertake drawings avoiding using outlines. We’ll learn about keying a drawing; blocking in shapes; working from general to specific; making a drawing considering ambiguity and the viewer’s input; additive and subtractive drawing using erasers on a charcoal ground.

(Week 4) 07/11/21 14:30 ~ 17:00: Measurement & Alignment, and the use of Photo References We will take a look at how to make measurements when drawing, and how useful alignment lines can be in establishing spatial relationships within a drawing. We’ll also discuss guidelines for using photo references successfully.

(Week 5) 21/11/21 14:30 ~ 17:00: Ways to approach the ‘Long Drawing’ – Still Life In this final session, we’ll look at how we might set about drawing from a large still life set up: we’ll consider composition/selective framing; stylistic choice/intent; building a drawing over a longer period of time.

The sessions seek to build confidence in creating a drawn image through experimentation, and to encourage an awareness of the benefits of observational drawing: of its capacity to develop creativity, and to strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They build towards learning how to establish the intention of a drawing, and how that might be communicated, through a consideration of elements such as mark making, tonal range or composition. The overall focus is to engage with the process of drawing as a way of looking and thinking, and the enjoyment and progress that can be achieved with this approach.

Sessions can be booked either individually for £28 each, or at a reduced price for all 5 when booked together - £115. Bookings must be made in advance of the session/s - payment can be made in advance, or by cash on the day.


Participants of the drawing sessions are eligible for a 10% discount on purchases from Cass Art, Kingston.


Location: The Art Space at Cass Art, Kingston (1st Floor)

Age range: All ages over 16

Bookings: email booking@caraghsavage.co.uk or click here for Booking Request Form

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