Drawing and painting with the senses with Veronique Maria

Ref: S1D10116


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About this course

An introduction to the joy of drawing with your senses to capture the essence of your subject. Experience and explore mark-making techniques with different mediums.

Course Description

On this course you will learn to escape from the rush of making, to slow down and gradually let go of the visual stimuli that can dominate how we respond creatively to a subject. The tutor encourages you to let your other senses, including smell, taste, touch and sound, come to the fore. Through structured exercises you will be guided to home in on these senses, the information they gather, and explore ways to describe your personal experience of different materials, including ink, pencil, pen, graphite, charcoal, chalk, paint, clays and paper.

The tutor will guide you to become more aware of subtle changes to your body sensation and movement, and ways to translate these into your mark-making.

You will leave the course with a heightened awareness of your senses, an increased visual and sensory language, more confidence to use everyday materials in experimental and playful ways, and a more relaxed and confident attitude towards drawing and self-expression.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing charcoal, ink, A1 paper, clay, tape, pins and chalk, and some paint to be shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Wear old but comfy clothes that can get dirty
  • Essential:
  • A sleeping mask (eye mask) and/or scarf you feel comfortable with to blind fold yourself
  • 4-6 glass jars with lids
  • 2 or 3 plastic pots with secure lids – such as ice cream containers (to take home some liquid clay) Some acrylic or watercolour paint.
  • Additional/Optional:
  • Brushes you have at home – including household decorating brushes
  • Drawing materials you have at home and are particularly fond of using
  • Materials you don’t like or have never used and simply want to use them up!
  • A blanket and cushion
  • Warm clothes as layers
  • At least one object of personal significance/importance

Available to buy

  • Available from shop to buy or bring with you:
  • 4 pencils – I of each: HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  • 1 water-soluble graphite pencil
  • 1 regular black ink pen (felt pen or roller ball type)
  • 1 regular cheap black biro
  • Acrylic and watercolour paints


Veronique Maria

Veronique Maria has a BA (hons) in Wood, Metals, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University, an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology (Applied to Fine Art Practice) from Middlesex and is a Leadership Graduate with The Coaches Training Institute USA. She has worked as designer, artist and artists' mentor for forty years and exhibits internationally. She makes sculpture, painting and video and is passionate about the transformative power of creativity.

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