Drawing for improvers with John T Freeman

Ref: SWE08994


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About this course

Improve your drawing with practical techniques utilising the potential of different mediums. Techniques include expressive use of line, shading and tone, lighting, dynamic composition and surface.

NB Students who want to do this course must have done a beginners course fairly recently. If you haven't, you should book S1D08992, An introduction to drawing, on 30 August.

Course Description

Many students have commented that they want more than the basic drawing skills but don't feel confident enough to go to the next level. This course will help to improve your confidence and drawing skills.

Please note: this course is for any students who have already taken a beginners' drawing course with John. If you haven't, and would like to join this course, you can book 'An Introduction to Drawing' which is immediately before this course. It's a basic introduction, including scale, tone and composition as you create several pencil sketches.

John will review the key elements of drawing and then focus on developing your visual reasoning abilities and introducing expressive elements into a drawing. Using a structured sequence of exercises you will gain confidence in using a wide spectrum of techniques to enhance the creative aspects of drawing. These will include the use of shading and texture, the dramatic use of tone, dynamic composition and the introduction of subjective narratives.


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


  • Easel, board and portable seat are provided by the College

Available to buy

  • Plastic eraser
  • 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
  • Bristle brush, flat no.6
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • A2 Pad of Arboreta Paper
  • Please Note: Arboreta paper is used exclusively on the course, not cartridge paper or any other type of paper.
  • It is strongly advised, for convenience, to purchase the materials from the shop as it is very important that no substitute drawing materials should be used for this course.


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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