Comprehensive drawing course with John T Freeman

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Discover your potential as you develop methods that suit your drawing style. Define different modes of looking using traditional mediums and explore subjects including life, portrait, landscape, still life and interiors.

Course Description

Discover your potential as you develop methods that suit your creative outlook and drawing style. Define different modes of looking including analytical, objective, subjective, expressive and experimental, using traditional mediums. Subjects include life, self portrait, landscape, still life and interiors. Understand visual reasoning and attitudes in drawing and how to apply these to fulfil the potential of your subject.

Discover methods of drawing that are sympathetic to your personal creative outlook and style of drawing.

The tutor will introduce different modes of looking and visualisation such as the analytical, the objective, the subjective, expressive and experimental. He will explain the distinctions between each mode through demonstrations and examples, using traditional drawing mediums. Each day you will focus on one of these aspects using exercises in different styles of drawing.

Subjects covered include:

Drawing from the life model – how to identify and resolve challenges drawing the figure.

Landscape and architecture – introducing narrative and expression.

Self portrait – subjective use of mediums to capture the essence of mood and character.

Still life – texture and shading.

Interior – creative composition and capturing the 'spirit of place' and atmosphere.

By the end of the course you will have revised, enhanced and developed the potential of your drawing. You will have a better understanding of your visual reasoning abilities, and how to clarify and adopt attitudes to drawing a subject in order to fulfil its potential.

To succeed on this course you will have been drawing in the last year, if you are completely new to drawing please take a one or two day beginners' course first. If you are not sure, contact the tutor via the College by emailing bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk


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, 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 a life model and the following materials:
  • Carbothello pastel pencil no.625, Carbothello pastel pencil no.675, solid graphite chunky stick 2B, solid graphite pencil-water soluble, compressed charcoal stick 3B, compressed charcoal stick 2B, charcoal pencil B, pencil 2B.
  • Craft knife, pencil sharpener, plastic eraser
  • Bristle brush, flat no.6
  • Easel, drawing boards and portable seats are provided by the College.

What students need to bring

  • Any brushes that you might have (both paint and cheap brushes are also available from the shop)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Conte – black, white umber and sienna
  • Sheet of fine sandpaper
  • 3 small tubes of acrylic paint – black, white, yellow ochre
  • Paper – each exercise uses specific paper as the tutor explains during the course, these will be available from the shop


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.


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

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