Experimental life drawing with Freya Pocklington


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About this course

Explore a range of experimental drawing techniques using a life model. You will learn a variety of techniques from quick poses exploring drawing and colour, to longer approaches using sculpture and collage. The tutor will provide guidance and regular feedback to support you develop your work.

Course Description

The aim of this course is to develop your confidence in life drawing through imaginative and creative methods. Exciting and imaginative set-ups will allow you to explore different approaches and increase your confidence in using different materials together. You will learn how to use a range of materials and how to develop your drawings into a final piece.

Using a model in different poses, you will explore a range of mark-making techniques. You will produce a broad range of drawings including a number of skills based works then work towards longer, more sustained poses. The tutor will help you to develop your skills in a range of techniques and how to create atmosphere, depth and tone. These will include traditional techniques alongside more innovative methods.

By the end of the course, you will have gained increased confidence in a range of techniques, be able to use different materials together and take home a large body of work consisting of short and long poses.


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 until 9pm, 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 model who will sit for the course. The college will provide willow charcoal and 10 sheets of A1 paper per student.

What students need to bring

  • Any materials you may have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Winsor and Newton inks (Black, yellow, green, blue, brown and red)
  • 1 Conté Carré Crayons HB black hard pastel
  • Conté Carré Crayons hard coloured pastels in a range of colours (some skin tones and some reds, yellows, blues)
  • White hard pastel (not chalk)
  • A hard rubber, not putty
  • A range of brushes (one for small detail and a few larger ones for washes)
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Freya Pocklington

Associate and Short Course Tutor

Freya trained at Edinburgh College of Art and UAL. She has received residencies from The Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Arts Council, The Florence Trust, Somerset House, West Dean College and The National Trust. She exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad. Freya is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art, examining the role of fine art portraiture within narrative medicine.


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

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