Large scale expressive drawing with Gary Goodman

Ref: SLW09308

Suitable for all


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About this course

Exploring new approaches to materials and mark-making, develop experimental drawings and paintings. Make initial observations from a life model, then use different techniques and materials to develop small sketches into a large piece of work. Please note that this course was originally published with Gary Goodman as tutor.

Course Description

Explore new and dynamic approaches to materials and mark-making, allowing you to develop free and experimental drawings and paintings. Making initial observations from a life model, you will use a variety of techniques and materials to develop exciting marks, from sketches to a large scale piece of work.

Costumed life drawing session - an initial session where you will create individual responses from the model who will be dressed to impress.

Monochrome: charcoal, ink, black and white acrylic.

Nude life drawing session

You will be encouraged to work expressively and freely, using various mark making approaches to create bold drawings.

Monochrome: charcoal, ink, acrylic, collage.

Costumed life drawing session.

Introducing colour to your drawings and paintings.

Experiment and explore with paints, inks, charcoal to give you confidence with your drawing.

Using the drawings/paintings we have made from the model, you will further experiment with a variety of approaches to drawing that will stimulate your imagination, and help you develop more consolidated artworks.

You will consider scale, impact and the third dimension to create dramatic and striking work. This session may include outside drawing/painting dependent on the weather.

Conventional and unconventional materials, including simple printmaking and construction.

You will also consider the place of the model in various situations and locations to culminate in a group of considered artworks that will be displayed together in the studio. The work will be made by building up, collaging onto and extending previous work.

All sessions will be supported by demonstration, individual and group tutorial, reviews and discussion.


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


  • Providing a life model.
  • White emulsion paint shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring charcoal, ink, black and white acrylic paint, brushes and paper for the first evening session.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Materials recommended by tutor and available from the College Craft Shop:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Indian Ink - black
  • Brushes
  • Charcoal
  • Various papers - newsprint, sugar paper etc, as well as cartridge
  • Card
  • Cardboard
  • Printed and coloured paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors/knife
  • Decorators brush
  • Masking tape

"An amazing tutor for the course - Gary was very laid back, positive & helpful. I came away feeling motivated, enthusiastic & pleased with my progress & learning."

Bronwen, 2019


Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman is an internationally renowned visual artist and poet. He has taught in various universities, colleges and other institutions since 1987, and has exhibited and read his poems in many places around the world. His artwork is featured in many publications and his poems published in a variety of anthologies.


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

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