Develop your Drawing Workshop (BE09L17A)

Develop your own individual artistic style and learn about the decision processes involved in taking an initial idea through to final piece of original artwork.

When? Monday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 21st September 2020 until 30th November 2020 for 10 weeks.

There are no classes on 26th October (Half Term)
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £127.00. The concessionary fee is £63.00. Reduced fees are available to students in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For more information on applicable benefits and eligibility please see the Financial Support page on our website or contact the ACRES team.

Please see additional cost information below
Please see list under "What do I need to bring to the first session". The tutor will advise of any other materials required at the first session. To avoid unnecessary cost please do not purchase any materials or textbooks until you are certain that your course will run. Course decisions are normally made a week prior to the course start date. Course fees over £127 can be paid in one single payment at enrolment or in instalments by Standing Order. Please contact the office for details.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

This course will build on the Drawing for Beginners course. Its focus will be on how to use your existing skills and knowledge of observational drawing and picture making to develop your own individual artistic style or language.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the decision processes involved when you start with a general concept and take it through to a final piece of original artwork. You will look at how to investigate source material, examine different compositions and viewpoints, consider the effects of conditions such as lighting, how to use study drawings to increase confidence and develop ideas, and finally how to analyse your work in order to recognise areas of possible improvement.

We would like to make you aware that we are expecting to return to face to face teaching on Monday mornings at Crowborough Community Centre in the New Year. Please check our website for regular updates.

What you already need to know

This course is for students who have either completed a year of Drawing Workshops with Belinda Channer or have previous drawing experience and some knowledge of the formal aspects of drawing.

With our apologies, this course is not suitable for absolute beginners. For beginners, we would like to recommend Belinda's Introduction to Drawing from Observation course starting online Tuesday 22nd September at 7 - 9 pm.

What you will learn

How you will learn it

Using the online medium you will learn directly from your tutor as well as through tutor demonstrations, presentations, online resources and group discussion. You will have plenty of opportunity to develop your practical skills and your tutor will give you guidance and feedback as you establish and undertake personal project work.

Padlet will be used to create an online interactive course support page with information, images, examples, demonstrations and video links uploaded to support each session as well as an online gallery for student work. Both of these can be accessed via the links given at the course start and can be used to support your development both in and away from the online classroom.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

ACRES' online courses will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

Materials and items you will need to do the course

The tutor will advise you of any further materials required during the course.

How much extra study or practice is involved?

Drawing between sessions is not compulsory but it may help you to practise skills covered in class.

What do previous students say?

Feedback from Belinda's previous Drawing Workshop courses:
"I loved the course. Belinda was just wonderful. Informative, imaginative and inspirational-with a strong sense of humour too!!"
"The tutor is inspirational."

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

If you would like to continue learning drawing, Belinda will be offering the next Develop your Drawing Workshop course in January 2021 on Mondays at the same time of 10:00 - 12:00 pm.

Please check our website for up to date information on all upcoming ACRES courses.

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively call a member of the team on 01825 761820 or email