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Improve Your Drawing Skills - Experimental Drawing and Expanded Thinking - 11 to 17 year olds

Future Creatives - Improve Your Drawing Skills - Experimental Drawing and Expanded Thinking - 11 to 17 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Lydia Brockless


Over three sessions, this online course will explore aspects of drawing in a hands-on, experimental way. Using elements of observational and analytical drawing, collage and colour theory, learners have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of drawing, from the fundamentals to the outer reaches. Perfect for anyone looking to pursue art and sesign in school or college, this course can act as preparation for this by introducing some key concepts and shedding light on the breadth of possibilities within drawing practice.

The aim of this course is to allow learners to make observations about their own work, and to push independent thought and decision-making. Using drawing as a starting point, the course aims to expand learners’ thinking about the core principles of visual representation by ‘borrowing’ elements from disciplines including painting, sculpture and architecture. This is designed to promote joined-up thinking, helping learners start to recognise relationships between media and techniques which can go on to support good practice within a range of art and design disciplines.

It is also an opportunity to learn through self-reflection and develop an artistic self-reliance. It is about thinking as well as making. There will be opportunities for discussion, and will encourage learners to form opinions about the work of others. Finally, through this exploratory approach, the course aims to unlock a sense of artistic intuition and build an awareness of the value of experimental making.

Tutor Description

A multidisciplinary artist and educator, Lydia graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Leeds College of Art in 2014. Working across sculpture, textiles and digital art she has exhibited her work across the UK.

Over the past 2 years, she has worked with organisations including Turner Contemporary, The Huguenot Museum, Whitstable Biennale and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation; delivering exciting bespoke arts workshops and classes on a diverse range of themes.

Her artistic and educational practice centres on experimentation with materials and exploring personal responses in the act of making.

You can view Lydia’s work on her website and Instagram.


Session 1

  • Plain white paper (A4)
  • HB pencil
  • Biro
  • White card (A4)
  • Felt tips
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler

Session 2

  • Watercolour set or acrylic paints
  • Plate or palette for mixing
  • Water pot
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Scrap card
  • White card (A4)
  • Range of coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pritt stick-
  • Masking tape

Session 3 - TBC

Available dates