Drawing for beginners – accuracy and detail with Tanya Wood

Ref: SWE08847


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About this course

Learn how to make accurate and detailed drawings with this unique and practical step-by-step method. Working from photographs draw exactly what you see in every detail to make life-like representations.

Course Description

Learn how to produce drawings from photographs that are an accurate, life-like representation of your subject, drawing exactly what you see in every detail. Tanya takes you step by step through each stage of the process including the selection and good use of materials, tools and equipment appropriate to precise work. You will develop your observation skills and explore tone and mark-making techniques with paper and graphite. There will be demonstrations, practical tasks with plenty of one to one guidance and support. You will also be inspired by the work of pencil artists.

By the end of the weekend you will have completed some carefully executed small studies from selected detailed images through a range of drawing exercisies using knowledge and skills gained in the course. You will have gained confidence in how to approach making drawings as complete art works that are representative of your subject, and approaches and techniques you can continue to grow and master following the course.


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 including a set of pencils and rubbers to take home, paper, and some fixative shared amongst the group.
  • The tutor will bring a range of optional drawing equipment and materials to try out.

What students need to bring

  • Tanya will bring photographic imagery for you to work from. Please bring a sketchbook or notebook
  • Spectacles if worn for close work
  • Sports drinking water bottle
  • Camera or phone camera if you have one
  • Envelope or folder to take your drawings home

Available to buy

  • Notebook


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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