Using the textures which shape the world around you, be inspired to hone the craft of nature drawing.

During this course, you will have the opportunity to explore texture and the relationship between architecture and the natural environment through sketching. You will learn techniques such as drawing photographic images, assembling visual information in useful ways and approach drawing as a process of analysis to hone your craft. You will create your own pieces and share them with other learners and the course tutor. This course combines self-led learning, tutor videos and practical tasks and is suitable for people with drawing abilities who would like to develop their skills further.

Please note – This course requires you to have access to drawing equipment and have experience of some basic techniques.

Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Eco-Skills Framework and Course Level Descriptors

This is a 2-week online course covering 2 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content. More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Learners will feel inspired, creative, and connected to the natural environment through the following topics:

    • Texture in Drawing Architecture (at Flatford Mill)
    • Architecture and the Environment (with Willy Lott’s House)

Through this course, you will:

    • Build confidence in technical skills relating to the use of ink pens and mixing colours.
    • Increase competency in drawing through the development of observational skills.
    • Experiment with techniques and develop a unique, personal visual language.
    • Develop layouts from sketches, photographs, and other sources of visual material.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.

This is an online training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning within nature drawing with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of environmental art. The FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Friday 11th June to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

Tutor: Debora Cane

Debora Cane is an enthusiastic art tutor with over 35 years of experience. Following a brief pottery apprenticeship with Chris Soule, she studied ceramics at Medway College of Design in the 1980s and set up her own ceramics studio which she ran in Cambridge for many years. Since then she has expanded her interests as an artist to include acrylics and digital art. A majority of her creative work is now done in pen and ink.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 1:00 pm (BST):

    • Monday 21st June 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm
    • Monday 28th June 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend. 

Example Timetable

Week 1: Texture in Drawing Architecture (at Flatford Mill)
Self-study material available: 14/06/2021
Week 1 Live Webinar: 21/06/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 2: Architecture and the Environment (with Willy Lott’s House)
Self-study material available: 21/06/2021
Week 2 Live Webinar: 28/06/2021 at 1:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 05/07/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the zoom session

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll get an email 48 hours ahead of the online course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via zoom, so you won’t need any new software to attend.

Please note that bookings will close on Friday 11th June at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled on the online platform.