This course is designed to explore the basic building blocks of drawing; shape & proportion, form (light & shade), composition and depicting 3D shapes on a 2D surface.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and rules regarding social distancing this course will be taught via blended learning. The course will include both online and face to face teaching sessions. All sessions will be scheduled at the times indicated below.

? The course tutor will provide live teaching sessions online using Microsoft Teams.

? Selected sessions will be available for a small number of students on a rota basis at the college. All face to face sessions will also be streamed online to ensure all learners can fully participate in every session. Your course tutor will arrange with you a rota for coming into the college.

? If you are not attending in person, you will participate in the session from home via Microsoft Teams.

? Learners who are unable to attend face to face sessions can still enrol onto the course and attend all sessions online.

Learners will also be able to access a wide range of College services including Moodle, Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Drive) and Microsoft Teams to support online learning. Induction sessions will be held prior to the start of the course, to allow learners to familiarise themselves with the online learning platforms.


Meet our students Ethan Thorne

Ethan Thorne

“I chose Newbury College because it has a healthy environment in which I can enjoy creative freedom.”

Meet our students James Lockhart

James Lockhart

“My time at college has been really positive. I’ve been able to focus solely on one subject that I really enjoy and I’m progressing onto university with an unconditional offer at the university of my choice.”

James Lockhart
Art and Design

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

“I would recommend Newbury College as I have had so much support. I have enjoyed developing my skills in spray painting and printmaking techniques.”

Meet our students Willow Hammond-Ellaway

Willow Hammond-Ellaway

“I chose to study at Newbury College because it was conveniently close. I also loved the course choices, such a huge range, it was very difficult for me to decide what would be best. I had a lot of support to help me choose what course would be best for my future. I have enjoyed the confidence that I have gained from my course and I am very thankful for everything the college has done for me.”

  • Description

    Over the duration of this course, students will explore at mark-making with graphite and charcoal, combined with quick exercises to wake up the creative side of the brain! By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the essential elements of drawing. Over the duration of this course, students will explore basic drawing principles and mark-making with graphite & charcoal through a series of structured projects. These will be combined with quick exercises to wake up the creative side of the brain! There will be demos and individual help in this fun and informal class.

    By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the essential elements of drawing.

    Learning objectives: -Understand light and shade to create 3D forms -Create pleasing and balanced compositions
    -Be confident in 'making a mark' and getting started

    Students need to bring the following to class: A4 or A3 good quality cartridge paper with a bit of 'tooth' (not highly smooth) - either as a sketchbook or loose sheets.

    Range of pencils from HB to 6B (you don't need every one in between), sharpener, rubber, ruler

    Charcoal ( a mixed size box of charcoal sticks is useful) & putty rubber

    *PLEASE NOTE- The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserve the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled students are notified approximately one week before the start date.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

  • Qualification

    This course does not lead to a formal qualification.

  • Progression

    Students can progress on to the next course in this series, Drawing for Beginners - Exploring Materials.

  • Assessment

    Progress on this course will be tested through tutor observation, tutor led activities and exercises, and tutor and peer informal feedback and discussion.

  • Home Study

    Optional students can continue with exercises at home if they wish to

  • Work Placement

    Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The price below includes an additional £2 materials fee, which covers the cost of some of the materials used during the session. Students will also be required to purchase some of their own materials.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
97009 202101 Tuesday 05/01/2021 26/01/2021 10:00 - 12:00 £67

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.