An introduction to drawing with John T Freeman


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About this course

A basic introduction to drawing scale, tone and composition as you create several pencil sketches.

Course Description

Based on the proven premise that if you can write an alphabet you can draw, this method of drawing will enable you to make sense of the visual world. Using a flexible and universal vocabulary of basic shapes you will quickly and intuitively be able to recognise the grammar of the visual world such as people, places, architecture and interiors.

During the course the tutor will respond to the abilities and ideas of the group. He will both teach and challenge you to develop your skills and confidence; and will support you through demonstration, discussion and one-to-one guidance.

By the end of the day you will have begun to develop your visual vocabulary; improved your knowledge of architecture, still life and the environment; gained an understanding of the basic theory behind perspective, scale and composition and improved your drawing skills.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing all the materials and tools to be supplied for the course including:
  • Solid graphite chunky stick 2B, solid graphite pencil-water soluble
  • Compressed charcoal stick 3B, compressed charcoal stick 2B
  • Pencil 2B, charcoal pencil B
  • Carbothello pastel pencil no.625, Carbothello pastel pencil no.675
  • Bristle brush, flat no.6
  • Craft knife, pencil sharpener, plastic eraser
  • A2 pad of Arboreta paper
  • Easel, board and portable seat are provided by the College
Please note: Arboreta paper is used exclusively on the course, not cartridge paper or any other type of paper.


John T Freeman

John T. Freeman was born in London 1958 and trained at Bath Academy of Art ( Corsham ) and Chelsea School of Art . He has taught since 1985 as a freelance tutor and lecturer to all levels of ability across a wide spectrum including the computer games industry , Lion Head and Media Molecule , Hurtwood House School, Watts Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Prince of Wales Drawing School.

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