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Absolute Beginners Drawing - Online

Course Description

This fun, supportive, and informal online course is an opportunity for absolute beginners to explore the visual world by developing basic drawing skills starting from scratch: How to use your materials. How to achieve a 3-D effect using light and shade. Exploring basic composition. How to vary your mark making techniques. So, if you think you can’t draw or haven’t drawn for years, then this is the course for you!

Location: Online Course

Course Requirements

This course is designed specifically for Absolute Beginners and those returning to drawing after a long while. An open mind and interest in learning more about drawing by practice is required, as well as access to Wi-Fi and the ability to use Zoom on a tablet or desktop computer. You will also need the following: A4 Landscape sketchbook (spiral bound), biro, fine liner pen with 0.6 mm nib or 0.7mm nib, colouring pencils (wax based is fine), small detail paint brush (size 4 ), marker felt tip pens, ruler, HB 2B and 6B and 9B pencil, white plastic eraser.

Course Content

During this course, you will: explore and experiment with a variety of techniques and materials via fun and accessible creative exercises; explore basic composition; extend your range of mark making techniques and strategies in drawing, using a wide variety of drawing media including biro, colouring pencil, marker, felt tip pens, pencil and inks; evaluate you own and others work through informal, friendly discussion & feedback from both your tutor and the group; be introduced to the work of a minimum of 5 x established Artists via a slideshow; develop personal project work in drawing.
The tutor will introduce the subject using demonstrations and presentations, and then also work with students 1-1 to make sure they understand and learn at their own pace. As the course progresses, the tutor will discuss with students individually how they would like to develop and personalise their work during the course and will tailor advice to suit.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The teaching and learning methods are practical work and discussion. Handouts used within each lesson are available online for learners.

Independent Learning

There is no formal homework; however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend books, catalogues or exhibitions and websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a digital Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work, you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a Pathway into Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

This course is not eligible for Additional Learning Support (ALS), however teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs.??Reasonable adjustments including assistive equipment and also access support can be made available through our Disability Officer.? Digital learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.?

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for some course fees. You may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.

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