Drawing for beginners with John T Freeman


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About this course

Learn to draw in two days as you cover the basics, measuring for perspective, scale, tone and composition.

Course Description

Learn to draw in two days as you cover the basics, measuring for perspective, scale, tone and composition. Create several pencil sketches in the inspiring environment of West Dean College.

Drawing for beginners is a stimulating and engaging course aimed at kick starting your visual reasoning skills. Based on the proven premise that if you can write an alphabet you can draw, this method of drawing will enable you to make sense of the visual world.

Using a flexible and universal vocabulary of basic shapes, you will quickly and intuitively be able to recognise the grammar of the visual world such as people, places, architecture and interiors. This will help you to develop your individual expression.

By the end of the course, you will have begun to develop your visual vocabulary; improved your knowledge of architecture, still life and the environment; gained an understanding of the basic theory behind perspective, scale and composition and improved your drawing skills.

The course will begin with small scale work and lead to larger scale focus. During the course, the tutor will respond to the abilities and ideas of the group; he will both teach and challenge you to develop your skills and confidence; and will support you through demonstration, discussion and one-to-one guidance.


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: plastic eraser, solid graphite chunky stick 2B and 4B, compressed charcoal stick 3B and 2B, charcoal pencil B, Carbothello pastel pencil no.625 and no.675, pencil 2B, craft knife, pencil sharpener.
  • Easel, board and portable seat are provided by the College

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A3 pad of Arboreta paper
  • Please Note: Arboreta paper is used exclusively on the course, not cartridge paper or any other type of paper.


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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