Short courses


Drawing (Afternoon or Evening Course)

  • 2.5 hours per week
  • 8 weeks


This eight-week course will help you explore core drawing skills.

The emphasis of the course is on exploring drawing as a means of articulating form and as a tool for thinking. You'll be encouraged to use drawing as a feeder for ideas into your own art practice.

You'll experiment with a variety of techniques and materials and draw from a life model for some of the sessions.

Classes are held on either:

  • Monday afternoons, from 2:30pm to 5pm
  • Tuesday evenings, from 6pm to 8:30pm

This course is run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content

You'll work almost entirely from observation, using the idea of perception as the starting point for visual enquiry. 

You'll explore:

  • light and tone
  • materials and surface
  • space and line
  • composition
  • measurement
  • proportion
  • drawing systems such as perspective

You'll also experiment with a variety of techniques and materials including pencil, ink, white chalk, willow and compressed charcoal.

You'll draw from a life model for three of the eight sessions.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more experienced and want to refresh their drawing skills.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


The cost is £375.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. To claim this discount, you'll need to enter your UPI number (on your UCL ID card) when booking.

This fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, palette and drawing board and studio space.

The fee also covers the cost of materials supplied by the Slade. Once your booking is confirmed, you'll be sent details of which materials will be provided and which you'll need to supply yourself

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists

All tutors are practising artists

Course tutors for this evening course are Ian Rowlands, Kate Hopkins.

Course information last modified: 26 Oct 2021, 16:17