This pen and ink drawing course covers the basics of drawing in perspective and rapidly takes you beyond these technical details into how your mind perceives space. It illustrates that perspective is in everything, but veers away from lots of dull perspective exercises showing you all of the ways in which you might choose to curve (or even ignore!) perspective. The weekend will include drawing exercises, indoor still life subjects and some simple outdoor architectural observational drawing exercises.

This is a relatively fast-paced course: you will spend some time each day on perspective drawing exercises, and will produce some finished drawings that will take around one to three hours to complete, trying out different ideas on each one. The majority of projects will be studio based and will be of simple subjects chosen by your tutor. There will also be an opportunity each day to try drawing buildings outdoors (weather permitting).

Some drawing theory is included: exploring the use of line, relative tone, watercolour wash and simple textures in pen. We also explore the use of digital camera and tablet to gather visual information.

Intended for students with some previous experience, there is plenty of material that a beginner can enjoy on this interesting course.

Tutor: Debora Cane

Debora is an enthusiastic art tutor with over 30 years’ experience. All of her courses concentrate on simple concepts and practical techniques and are suitable for everyone

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • A pad of good quality cartridge paper (around 200gsm) A4 size.
  • Optional: Sketchbook to draw out in the field: reasonable quality, around 140gsm or above (a standard Seawhite sketchbook is absolutely fine) around A4 size, hard backed.  Bring the size and shape you feel comfortable with, noting that you can use your cartridge paper on a drawing board instead for the outdoor exercises.
  • Digital camera, tablet or smartphone to take photographs and view pictures when back at the studio (note that, increasingly, students bring a tablet).
  • A black drawing pen with ink that is not water soluble when dry.  I use a refillable LAMY cartridge pen with Noodlers Bullet Proof Black Ink.  But any pigment fineliner pen that you feel comfortable drawing with which is not water soluble (both the Staedtler and Faber-Castell Pitt pigment fine liners work well).
  • A POSCA white brush pen to correct mistakes (optional).
  • 2B pencils and rubber
  • Small set of watercolours, along with a small selection of nice brushes.
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item