Drawing from observation – accuracy and likeness with Andrew Fitchett

Ref: SWE09183


Book now

Places available

About this course

Learn key techniques to create accurate drawings from observation. Working with pencils on paper, investigate composition, measurement, tone and line.

Course Description

Focus and improve your drawing skills on this course.

Whether you are new to drawing or want to refresh your skills, your tutor guides you step-by-step through the key techniques used to create drawings with improved accuracy and likeness. By understanding the core principles of drawing and applying them fully supported by your tutor you will gain confidence and improve your drawing skills.

The course starts with an introduction to the course content and a group discussion. Where you can identify any specific areas of your drawing that you would like to improve and concentrate on.

You will gain first-hand experience of drawing techniques required for the continued development, and improvement of your powers of observation and the accuracy of your drawings.

Working with a range of pencils on paper we investigate methods of observation, composition, measurement, tone and line quality in drawing.

The course includes a series of tutored drawing sessions plus individual exercises that help you get the attention you need to progress your drawing skills. There are short group assessments at key stages throughout the course. We work from still-life arrangements and the natural settings within West Dean College. There is an emphasis on development and practice of technique to help enhance your personal drawing style rather than working towards finished drawings.


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 some materials (for the first evening session).
  • Easel, drawing boards and portable seats are provided for your use by the College.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pencils: HB 2B 3B 4B 6B 8B
  • Charcoal sticks, varying sizes
  • Conte - Black and white
  • White chalk sticks/pencils
  • Craft knife and sharpener
  • A2 cartridge paper sketch-pad or individual sheets
  • A2/A1 black paper

Student Reviews

"Very good tutor, great group of students, delicious food, friendly atmosphere and magical setting"

Clare 2019

"A lot of learning in a short time, very good tutor and interesting group, chance to learn/brush up on drawing skills"

Camilla 2019

"Andrew has a wonderful sense of humour, very encouraging and the group responded by being very friendly. In thirty years of experience probable our best course"

Margaret 2019


Andrew Fitchett

Andrew Fitchett is a practicing painter working in oils and West Dean tutor since 2006. Since his career in Advertising where he ran creative courses Andrew paints and teaches from his studio in East Sussex. Andrew's work is in private collections across Europe.


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

Courses of interest