Drawing – form, tone and shade with John T Freeman


Ref: SLW11288

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About this course

Examine how you look at form in the figure, still life and landscape. Develop a comprehensive understanding of tone and shade, the differences between the two and how to work with them effectively using different drawing materials.

Course Description

This practical course introduces you to all aspects of tone and shade to improve your drawing skills through examination of form in the figure, still life and landscape.

Topics include:

Developing rhythm and feeling and sensing the form.

The use of pressure to define and express the potential of form.

Tone and how to exploit the potential of tonal ranges.

Shading with different materials including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, brush and acrylic paint.

How to use shadow to maximum effect.

How to use shading as a means of expression.

The course is partly structured, there will be exercises, demonstrations and plenty of one-to-one support and guidance as required. Drawing on the first two days will be from a life model.

By the end of the course, you will have developed your knowledge and appreciation of drawing, and produced studies that demonstrate techniques and skills.


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 model who will sit for the first two full days of the course

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any of the materials listed in the available to buy list if you have them. In addition please bring brushes you may already have.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • (Please note that these are specific requirements, alternatives will not do; if in doubt please talk to your tutor).
  • Pencils:
  • Solid graphite chunky stick 2B
  • Solid graphite pencil-water soluble
  • Compressed charcoal stick 3B
  • Compressed charcoal stick 2B
  • Charcoal Pencil B
  • Carbothello pastel pencil no.625
  • Carbothello pastel pencil no.675
  • Pencil 2B
  • Pad tracing paper A4
  • Plastic eraser, craft knife, brushes
  • Willow charcoal, papers
  • (Each exercise uses specific paper as the tutor will explain 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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