The art of drawing from photographs with Tanya Wood

Ref: SLW09916

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About this course

Make drawings from your photographs using graphite to portray tone, texture and the play of light.

Course Description

Learn to work with composition, experiment with materials and methods to extend your drawing skills.

On this practical course you will develop and improve your drawing skills and confidence. Working from the comfort of the studio and your own photographs is an enjoyable way of exploring the potential of graphite and drawing methods. A desire to explore drawing, working slowly with attention to detail will help you with this course. On the first evening there will be a digital slide presentation and drawing exercise.

Using photographs as a source of imagery is a way of extending time with a still image. It allows you to work with a moment captured and isolated for prolonged attention, ideal for transcribing every detail accurately. Drawing exercises, discussion and demonstrations will reveal the essential elements of your chosen image and the vast array of marks and tones achievable with graphite beyond the point of the pencil. There will be a slide show of artists' work and the tutor's own drawings followed by a discussion on the variety of approaches used to make a representational drawing.

From a structured start you will be encouraged to work on your individual projects with focus, space and one to one support. You will then interpret your subject matter and transcribe what is seen to paper.

By the end of the course you will have:

- Extended your tone and mark-making vocabulary.

- Developed your skills in observation, selection and interpretation of imagery.

- Improved your knowledge and understanding of drawing materials and methods.

- Produced a selection of drawings that demonstrate techniques and skills.

The workshop will conclude with an informal show of work and sharing of experiences.

You will leave the course with some confident drawings, improved knowledge, understanding and skill, ready and able to apply to future drawings and art works.


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 drawing materials and equipment shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Camera/phone camera
  • One of your drawings from home
  • Gather a selection of images you may like to draw then photocopy to the size you wish to depict them in black and white (no bigger than A4). Please bring both the photographs and photocopies with you.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Notebook
  • Drawing pencils – 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 9B
  • Quality white rubber and a putty rubber


Tanya Wood

Tanya Wood graduated in 2014 from the University of Chichester with a Distinction in Fine Art MA studies.


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

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