Drawing for beginners with Andrew Fitchett

Ref: SWE09329


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About this course

Improve your observation and confidence in drawing as you learn proportion, light and shade to create form.

Course Description

Specifically for beginners, this step-by-step course guides you through the key techniques that will improve your powers of observation and get you drawing with confidence. We will focus on the basics of how to accurately record proportion; mark-making through the exploration of different drawing materials; and light and shade techniques that will give your drawings form.

You will gain first-hand experience of key drawing techniques that you can continue to use to improve your drawing accuracy and style.

Using a range of drawing materials on paper we will work from still life arrangements following several distinct stages to build up the drawings from planning to tonal work.

The course is a series of group drawing workshops including group and individual tutoring. There are short group assessments at key stages throughout the course and individual style and experimentation is encouraged. There is an emphasis on development and practice of technique rather than the production of a finished drawing.


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 cost of providing some materials (for the first session).

What students need to bring

  • An item or two of interest that can be included in a still life arrangement (nothing valuable please)
  • Easel, drawing boards and portable seats are provided 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

"I enjoyed learning how to draw more accurately on the page getting the proportions correct using the techniques we learnt on the course. Furthermore the exercises felt challenging for us as beginners and yet we grew in confidence having tacked them. Some of the students' results were fantastic and surpassed my expectations! "

Alison 2019

"The expertise of the tutor in both his subject and teaching methods was exemplary. Of course, the whole atmosphere of West Dean makes the experience simply fantastic! "

Jo 2019

"An experienced, effective and skilfull tutor. He offered individual assistance regularly to all delegates ensuring we derived most benefit from our practical sessions"


"Small class size and thus good individual/tutor contact"

Michael 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.

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