Explore the potential of a variety of drawing media, including pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and pastel. Suitable for all abilities.

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

    This course, aimed at all abilities, allows you to explore the potential of a variety of drawing media, including pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and pastels. Drawing will heighten your visual awareness, helping you to see the world around you with a fresh and enquiring mind. You will be taught how to draw shapes accurately, gain an understanding of perspective, how to model the form of subjects, demonstrate the effect of light, how to use colour and acquire knowledge of how to create dynamic compositions.

    You will be taught at a level appropriate to your ability, and the subject matter will include still life, landscape including buildings, portraiture and animals.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Produce accurate outline drawings
    • Model form with shading
    • Gain an understanding of perspective
    • Create dynamic compositions
    • Gain knowledge of colour theory.
    • Learn a variety of shading techniques

    West Berkshire Council concessions are available for this course, subject to evidence on enrolment. For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01635 845000.

    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.

    You are not required to possess any specific skills before joining this course.

  • Qualification

    Entry 3 / Level 1 or Extended Level 1 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Art and Design skills

  • Progression

    You can progress to any number of painting or drawing courses at Newbury College. The tutor will advise the best path of progression for you. The next course in this series is Watercolour Techniques.

  • Assessment

    Your work will be assessed by the tutor throughout the course and progress will be discussed individually. Attainment will be recorded against the assessment criteria. Peer reviews and group discussions, reviewing completed work, will also form an important part of the assessment as well as quizzes and questions and answers. Your individual achievement will be recorded at the end of the course and your portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and externally via the awarding body.

  • Home Study

    Homework will be set but will be completed on a voluntary basis. One or two hours per week would be sufficient to complete homework.

  • Work Placement

    To undertake this course, you do not need to be in relevant work or participate in work experience.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The price below includes an additional £10 materials fee, which covers the cost of materials used during the session. You may also be required to purchase some materials yourself. Advice about the purchase of other drawing materials will be given during the first lesson.

    You need to bring the following to class:

    • cartridge paper (preferably A3) for the first session
    • HB & 2B pencil
    • a rubber
  • Programmes currently in progress

    Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    99030/WB 222301 Thursday 15/09/2022 17/11/2022 19:00 - 21:00 £140

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.