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Drawing Portfolio - Daytime

Drawing Portfolio - Daytime

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ilga Leimanis


An intensive skills-based course suitable for beginners and those wishing to build a drawing portfolio. You will get expert advice on how to produce a solid set of portfolio-standard drawings and improve your drawing skills and techniques. We will look at drawing within a variety of different contexts including fine art, illustration, and architecture.

Topics covered

  • A wide range of drawing materials and drawing techniques.
  • The history of drawing and the work of some contemporary artists.
  • Field study trips and drawing on site.

You will be encouraged to look openly at how the process of drawing can help inform the rest of our work and play, and how our definition of what drawing is can be expanded.

Who should take this course?

  • Students wishing to improve their drawing skills. 
  • Those who want to strengthen their portfolio in order to apply for further studies in art or design.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners as well as more experience students.


"Ilga is a fantastic teacher and created just the right balance between developing technical skills and encouraging experimentation" - G Haq, February 2015

"I just really enjoyed myself. Was great to be putting pen to paper on a regular basis. Tough bit is deciding what to do next!" - B Young, December 2014

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

Tutor Description

Ilga Leimanis MA is a London-based artist and writer. She is a member of Five Years, an artist-run gallery, and her own practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Her teaching experience of 10 years is varied and extensive. She helps prepare students for degree courses and many of her previous students have gained places at their preferred schools. She also works with professionals looking to develop their communication and creativity skills, as well as people taking courses for personal interest.

Ilga delivers workshops for the University of the Arts (UAL) Academic Support department, working across six UAL art and design colleges. She teaches manual drawing skills for architects and engineers working at leading offices in London, including at Foster+Partners, and she also works internationally.

Ilga is author of three chapters in Creative Sketching Workshop, published by Apple Press (UK), North Light Books (North America) and Tan Yang International (Asia).

Take a look ar Ilga's website


Please bring to the first session:
  • An A4 or A3 sketchbook
  • A set of drawing pencils
  • A rubber
We will aim to provide all other materials although there may be further, optional costs.  Please note that lunch is not provided.

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