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Chelsea Drawing and Painting

Chelsea Drawing and Painting

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Harriet Hedden


Join Chelsea Drawing and Painting and develop skills in colour theory, composition and observational drawing. You will also be encouraged to experiment with a range of media, including painting, drawing and collage.

As you progress over the weeks, you’ll work on your own compositions using techniques and skills gained throughout the course – creating your own unique visual language.

Basic materials are provided, but you will also benefit from building your own working kit to bring to the class every week.

A sketchbook drawing session in a gallery will be included. Details will be provided by your tutor once you start the course. The course will culminate in a group exhibition in your classroom, of the coursework made, with the chance to invite your friends and family.

Topics Covered

  • Drawing: Markmaking 
  • Drawing media/Grounds and surface. Self portrait 
  • Pencil and charcoal on prepared surfaces
  • Colour Workshop 
  • Using and mixing paint. Composition exercise and study in paint.
  • Trip to the Wallace Collection 
  • Sketchbook drawing/Painting prepared surfaces outdoors
  • Drawing/collage
  • Composition Workshop 
  • Work using own reference materials (photographic/ drawings)
Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you'll have gained in confidence and created a body of work as a result of exploring different painting and drawing approaches and you will have developed your creative and reflective artistic practice. You will leave with a body of work that can used to put towards a portfolio for future study.

Who Should Attend
Ideal for anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of art as well as those wanting to build their confidence in drawing and painting. It would especially suit you if you're keen to build experience or you're thinking of applying for further study in art and design.

Course Level

Tutor Description

Harriet Hedden was born and raised in Devon and Sussex. She studied painting at Norwich School of Art, and following a year as an Artist in residence in Bedford, went for two years to Freiburg, Germany as a guest of Prof. Peter Dreher, at the Staatliche Akademie für Bildenen Kunst (Karlsruhe). She was appointed a part time tutor at the Albert Ludwig Üniversitat in Freiburg during this period where she taught classes in Fine Art.

On her return to London she won an AHRB scholarship to study at the Slade School of Fine Art where she completed her MA in Fine Art (Printmaking) in 1997. She was invited to participate in leading masterclasses with Prof. Bartolemeu dos Santos at the Fundaçao Calouste Gubelkian Tavira Printmaking workshop twice in the following years, as well as a residency in Florence at Studio Art Centres International teaching BA and MA students.

She has continued to teach, raising her family as well as continuing her practice as an artist. She currently teaches at Chelsea College of Arts in London and has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A selection of B grade drawing pencils 

  • A selection of synthetic bristle paint brushes

  • One household paint brush (2-3")

  • One A4 drawing pad / sketchbook

  • Basic colours of acrylic paints (black, white, red, blue, yellow plus burnt sienna)
    Plastic erasers

  • One bottle of black Quink (writing ink)

  • Cloths for drying brushes

  • One jam jar for water

  • One roll of masking tape

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates