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Creative Drawing

Creative Drawing

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ruth Eisenhart


We all have within us an innate sense of beauty and harmony and a longing for wholeness and fulfilment. Your tutor, Ruth Eisenhart believes that through our intuition and natural sense of play we are able to make contact with our creative energy, thereby learning to 'see' as opposed to merely looking.

Topics covered

The course entails drawing from the model using a wide variety of traditional instruments such as bamboo and quill pens, charcoal, conte, Chinese ink and brushes.

Students are guided through a series of techniques and exercises (sometimes using movement and music), which were developed by the eminent artist and teacher Cecil Collins, who taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts for more than 30 years.

Who should take this course?

The class is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students, or anyone who feels 'stuck' and wants to revitalise their creativity.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All levels

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Ruth Eisenhart studied with the eminent teacher and painter Cecil Collins for 8 years. She incorporates some of his unique methods as well as her own intuitive understanding and style into her teaching in order to help students realise their own creative potential.


Please bring with you to the first session:
  • 20 sheets of A3 Cartridge Paper per session
  • 1 x A3 cardboard sheet
  • 2 x (inexpensive) Chinese brushes (one medium and one medium/large)
  • Bamboo pen (not reed pen)
  • Quill pen
  • Chinese black ink
  • 4 x Pencils - 3B or 4B
  • 2 x Conte Crayon in Sanguine (terra-cotta colour)
  • 4 inch Chinese ink stick
  • 1inch broad Chinese flat brush
  • Putty Rubber
  • 1 Roll Kitchen Paper
  • Wax Candle
  • Charcoal (medium thick)


GUANGHWA : Shaftesbury Ave. (Very good for cheap Chinese Brushes and bots. Chinese or Japanese black ink.

COLLEGE SHOP. Kings Cross site: Good for paper, and most other materials.

CASS ART: Good for most materials. Many branches around London

CORNELLISON. Grt. Russel St. Expensive but good for bamboo pens, and quill pens.

COWLING & WILCOX. 52A Holloway Rd. N 7.  Near Highbury and Islington Tube.  Good Value. Reasonable prices.

Available dates