Drawing with colour with Christabel Forbes


Ref: SWE11148


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About this course

Hone your observational skills and dare to use colour more creatively. Develop your artworks with step-by-step studio practice experimenting with oil pastel, watercolour, colour pens and pencils.

Course Description

The tutor will draw on her own practice to demonstrate techniques that allow colour to conjure up or evoke an environment. You will learn how to pick from a range of different media and to experiment with them. The aim will be to prepare you for your own journey into drawing with colour.

By way of introduction, the class will look though materials including their own drawing kits. Some of the simplest media are surprisingly effective and so often creativity is linked to a personal affinity with the medium.

You will explore the best outdoor places to find inspiration for observational drawing. Then in a studio environment, you will follow the steps towards acquiring new techniques of drawing with colour. You will be able to combine materials in novel ways and try different mark-making techniques, layering of materials and working on plain and coloured grounds.

The tutor will teach the group with examples and discussions as well as giving a high level of individual tutoring. Sketching, short demonstrations and drawing exercises will be given before you start assembling your own drawings to work up in the studio.

There will be opportunity to reflect and to display your work. By the end of the course, you will have expanded on your drawing skills through experimentation with new materials, and found new and exciting ways of working with colour.


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


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials including a pad of A3 cartridge paper, card and basic colour drawing materials including coloured pencils, oil pastels and a small set of watercolour paints.

What students need to bring

  • Any items you may have from the Available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Oil pastels, watercolour paints, pencils, coloured pencils, poca pens, soft pastels
  • Paper and coloured paper


Christabel Forbes

Christabel Forbes is a landscape artist and colourist. She trained at the Royal Drawing School, after taking a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University.


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

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