Drawing with the senses with Veronique Maria


Ref: S3D11265

About this course

Discover how to both experience and draw your object with greater sensitivity using touch, smell and sound. Explore dynamic mark-making techniques with different mediums to describe the essence of your subject.

Course Description

This course is about the experience of processes to raise awareness of the senses and explore mark making, it is about finding ways to notice more, to respond more deeply, and to widen your scope for expression in different drawing media.

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 you respond creatively to a subject. The tutor encourages you to let your other senses, including touch, sound and inner vision, come to the fore. Through structured exercises, you will be guided to deeply notice these senses and the information they gather, and explore ways to describe your personal experience of different materials including ink, pencil, pen, graphite, charcoal, chalk, clays and paper.

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

You will spend time letting go of preconceived ideas, predictions, expectations and control, and tune into the senses, deeply and subtly, to encourage your inquisitive exploration of the lesser or unknown world in which you inhabit.

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. You will take with you a repertoire of mark-making and process to underpin your creative practice in future.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some charcoal, ink, A1 paper, clay, tape, pins and chalk shared amongst the group. Students can purchase more paper and drawing media as required or please bring any materials from the to buy list you may already have.

What students need to bring

  • Wear old but comfy clothes that can get dirty.
  • Essential:
  • Sketchbook.
  • A sleeping mask (eye mask) and/or a scarf you feel comfortable with to blind fold yourself with
  • 4-6 glass jars with lids
  • 2 or 3 plastic pots with secure lids – such as iced cream containers (to take home some liquid clay)
  • Smells you like such as essential oils, perfume (none spray type), cooking ingredients such as herbs.
  • Additrional/optional:
  • Brushes you have at home – including household decorating brushes
  • Lining wallpaper
  • Drawing materials you have at home and are particularly fond of
  • Materials you don’t like or have never used and simply want to explore or use up
  • Any materials you have at home and are unsure how to use them
  • A blanket and cushion
  • Warm clothes as layers
  • At least one object of personal significance/importance

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 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 biro – black
  • Black ink
Come with an open mind and a willingness to explore, play and ‘not know’.


Veronique Maria

Veronique Maria is passionate about the transformative power of creativity. She has worked as designer, artist and artists' mentor since 1970s and exhibits internationally. She 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. Since 1989 Veronique has received numerous grants, awards and international residencies, the most recent being a ‘Grants for the Arts’ award through Arts Council England to further develop her creative practice from 2020 through to 2022. 


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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